Articles by Legal Department Staff

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Articles by Alain Montgomery, JD, Paralegal

 The Fabulous Five (1/30/2019) 
   This article provides recommendations and suggestions that a therapist may choose to utilize to ensure competent and sound best practices.
 Know your LEBs (1/30/2019) 
   This article contains examples of some of the most frequently encountered legal and ethical issues that arise for MFT trainees, interns, and licensees.
 Healing and Other Considerations (1/30/2019) 
   This article will explore some of the legal, ethical, and practical considerations that MFTs to be mindful of when serving in a crisis response role when providing disaster mental health services.
 The Trainee that Could (12/17/2018) 
   This article discusses issues around supervised experience and advertising for MFT Trainees.
 Workplace Safety and Other Considerations (3/1/2018) 
   This article provides some examples of best practices that can be utilized to ensure a safe environment—physical and otherwise—for the provider and his/her patient.
 How-Well-Do-You-Know-Your-Patient (8/1/2017) 
   This article, in addition to providing a sample Patient Intake Form, discusses some of the considerations to be mindful of with respect to information that is shared or communicated to the patient through the patient intake process.
 Hiring an Intern in a Private Practice (3/1/2017) 
   This article outlines the qualifications, legal, and employment issues relevant to hiring an MFT Registered Intern as an employee in a private practice setting.
 Know Your LEBs Part Deux (7/1/2016) 
   This article provides information to legal, ethical, and business issues that arise in the practice of marriage and family therapy.
 Responding To A Subpoena (2/5/2016) 
   This article explains the laws regarding subpoenas and the ethical standards pertaining to serving as a witness.
 You Yelp and Social Media (9/1/2015) 
   This article discusses options for a marriage and family therapist who is the subject of a negative online review or defamatory statement; provides information about using social media; and discusses CAMFT's social media policy.
 Patient Records Under California Law The Basics (5/1/2015) 
   This article explains California law and relevant CAMFT ethical standards which pertain to record keeping. More specifically, the article discusses California's new record retention law and answers questions about an adult patient rights.
 The Basics of Telehealth (2/2/2015) 
   The Basics of Telehealth. This article discusses the legal, ethical, and business considerations related to the practice of telehealth, and explains the California regulations pertaining to telehealth and the specific CAMFT Code of Ethics provision
 Supervision Basics (6/16/2014) 
   This article focuses on a few basic supervision requirements for Trainees and Interns, as well as, basic qualifications for LMFT supervisors.
 Developing Professional Groups to Meet Health Care Demands in California (1/2/2014) 
   This article discusses the efforts that California and mental health care stakeholders are making to fortify the public mental health care workforce through the creation of new occupational groups with a focus on the development of a peer support per