Tag Archives: avoiding liability as a mental health professional

Mental Illness and Treating Dangerous Patients

It seems that each time there is a mass shooting, followed by an outcry for gun control legislation (and improvements to school [...]

Advocacy – A Caution

Licensed mental health practitioners may sometimes act as advocates (sometimes unwittingly) for their patients (e.g., contesting [...]

No Surprises Act

The policy underlying the No Surprises Act (“NSA”) is to protect consumers from unanticipated and expensive bills for out-of-network [...]

Potpourri

Advocate – Health care practitioners do not typically think of themselves as advocates for their patients. They are treatment [...]

Conflicts

Mental health practitioners may encounter conflicts, or what is also referred to as “conflicts of interest,” during the course of [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of psychotherapy and most patients expect it. Many patients, however, perhaps most, are not aware of [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY – Death of Patient

While thankfully not an everyday occurrence, it is not a rarity that a patient unexpectedly dies during the course of treatment or [...]

Conflicts – Treating Multiple Members of a Family

Many mental health practitioners treat more than one member of a family, either concurrently or consecutively. This occurs most [...]

FEES / COVID-19

Are there circumstances that may arise when a patient falls behind in the payment of fees for professional services rendered and the [...]

Covid-19 Return to In-Person

Practitioners have changed the way they practice as a result of the pandemic, which seems to be moderating, and once again, [...]

Confidentiality

What duty of confidentiality, if any, does a mental health practitioner have with respect to the use of the information gained during a [...]

DISCLOSURES TO PATIENTS AND OTHERS

When mental health practitioners commence professional relationships with patients, there is a requirement to provide or disclose [...]