Tag Archives: Avoiding Liability For Mental Health Professionals

New Texas Abortion Statute

On September 1st, 2021 Texas Senate Bill No. 8, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, became law.  Its intention was to severely limit a [...]

Treating Children

Licensed mental health practitioners treat children both with and without the consent of one or both parents. It is not uncommon for [...]

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, [...]

Duty to the Patient – When Does It Begin?

Licensed mental health practitioners often discuss the issue and process of termination of treatment, including the question of when [...]

Immunity from Liability

Mental health practitioners typically purchase malpractice insurance in order to protect themselves from claims and lawsuits seeking [...]

KEEPING TREATMENT RECORDS – HOW MUCH?

From an ethical and legal point of view, a mental health practitioner should keep that amount of records that is consistent with sound [...]

Do You Know Your ABC’s…?

Do You Know Your ABC’s…? A. Advertising that one has been “in practice for seven years,” when in fact the person has been licensed [...]

TELEHEALTH AND COVID 19 – Thoughts and Outlook

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, or Covid-19, the delivery of medical and mental health services via telehealth is garnering [...]

Answers to April Review

In the April 2020 issue of this Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I asked twenty questions on a variety of topics. My answers to those [...]

April Check-In: Review Your Practice

The purpose of this issue of the Bulletin is to review aspects of practice that may raise questions or dilemmas for practitioners and [...]

Child Abuse Reporting Issues

One area of practice that can create a dilemma for practitioners is when a minor patient informs the treating practitioner that she is [...]

Complaints Against Child Custody Evaluators

One of the common complaints against practitioners who are allowed by state law to perform child custody evaluations comes from the [...]