Category Archives: Treatment of Minors

Minors and Consensual Sexual Intercourse

During the course of one’s practice, it may become known that your minor patient, or a patient’s child, has engaged in consensual [...]

Treating Children

… When can a therapist or counselor treat or provide other services to a minor without the knowledge or consent of either parent? The [...]

Parental Access to Records of Minor

… One area where I get repeated questions involves the right of parents to access the mental health records of their minor children. [...]

Pregnancy of a Minor

… Suppose a therapist is treating a fifteen-year old girl who tells the therapist that she is pregnant and is thinking about obtaining [...]

Conflicting Requests

… Suppose that a patient has signed an authorization form allowing you to release confidential information to a third party, but after [...]

Breach Of Confidentiality? – No Revelation To Third Party

… What duty of confidentiality does a therapist or counselor have with respect to the use of the information gained during a counseling [...]

School Counseling

Is a school counselor required to disclose a student’s pregnancy to the student’s parents if the counselor believes that disclosure is [...]

Custody and Visitation Disputes – The Big Mistake

… Suppose that you are treating a mother and her two children (ages 9 and 11) who are involved in a custody and/or visitation dispute [...]

Consent to Treat Minor (Sole and Joint Legal Custody)

Divorce (marital dissolution), child custody, and visitation disputes often involve very contentious parties who will not be hesitant [...]

Family Law – “Joint Custody”

How is the term “joint custody” defined in the statutes governing family law matters (e.g., child custody and/or visitation) in the [...]

Child Custody Disputes – Parental Alienation Syndrome

Therapists and counselors who have been involved with patients or clients embroiled in a child custody battle may be aware of the [...]

Treatment Of Minors Without Parental Consent

... California has been one of the more liberal states when it comes to allowing treatment of a minor without parental consent. Now, as [...]

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