Legal Issues Index of Articles

 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.
 The Muddle of Minors and Privilege (1/3/2019) 
   The issue of who can waive the psychotherapist-patient privilege on behalf of minor patients is complex, and in this article Dave Jensen, JD, sets forth some of the approaches to dealing with this complex topic.
 Dual Relationships and Avoiding Liability (12/17/2018) 
   This article will review relevant ethical standards, the types of dual relationship and boundary violations that tend to prompt the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to take disciplinary action, ways to avoid liability, common exclusions in pr
 Employee or Independent Contractor (12/3/2018) 
   This article discusses the topic of independent contractors, including relevant legal factors to consider regarding their use. Consideration is given to a recent California Supreme Court decision concerning the classification of independent con
 A Quick Glance at the New Tax Plan and Its Impact on LMFTs (6/4/2018) 
   This article briefly examines the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed in 2017. The article will discuss the new tax brackets, as well as the new 20% deduction for qualified business income.
 Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Corporations Common Questions Answered (6/4/2018) 
   Understanding the purpose and structure of a marriage and family therapy professional corporation may help marriage and family therapists decide whether, and when to form a professional corporation in their own circumstance. This article is int
 Recommended Practices for School Based Psychotherapists Part II (3/5/2018) 
   This article is Part II of a three part series called Practice Guidelines for School Based Psychotherapists. The article discusses the application of HIPAA, California laws and professional ethical codes to school based practice.
 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.
 Marijuana Laws and Your License (1/22/2018) 
   In recent years, there have been several changes to the laws regarding marijuana use and possession in California. There are also possible changes ahead at the federal level. This article discusses state and federal marijuana laws.
 Thoughtful Transitions (11/23/2017) 
   This article is intended to discuss specific legal and ethical issues which should be considered when a therapist is exiting a work setting.
 When Your Patient is Ready to Die (9/1/2017) 
   This article discusses the differences between the legal and ethical requirements of treating a patient who is suicidal versus treating a patient who has chosen to end his or her own life after complying with California’s End of Life Option Act.
 Working Like a Dog Legal Considerations for Therapy Dogs (9/1/2017) 
   This article discusses a recent Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) case related to animal assisted therapy.
 Parting Ways Anticipating and Avoiding Problems During Termination (9/1/2017) 
   This article is intended to help therapists anticipate, manage, and avoid problems that commonly arise when terminating treatment. Originally printed in the November/December 2011 issue of The Therapist.
 Dont-Get-Scammed (8/1/2017) 
   This article will discuss an ongoing email scam that is targeting therapists. Recourses and tips are discussed for those who have been affected. The ethics of fees are also discussed.
 Emails Texts and HIPAA (5/1/2017) 
   Therapists have the legal and ethical duty to maintain patient confidentiality and take reasonable steps to ensure patient confidential information maintained by the therapist is secured. This article discusses how to comply with HIPAA’s Security Rul
 Starting a Private Practice Part Two (3/1/2017) 
   This article discusses the topic of starting a private practice. It is intended as a squeal to Part One of "Starting A Private Practice." Issues covered in Part Two included Initial inquiries and requests for service, intake procedures, record-keepi
 Starting a Private Practice Part One (12/1/2016) 
   This article discusses starting a private practice. It stresses the importance of planning and identifies key considerations before opening a practice. Practical needs are discussed, legal considerations are identified, and multiple resources are p
 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.
 Waging a Claim Over Wages (5/1/2016) 
   This article provides a brief discussion of the process and procedures for a wage claim filed with the California Labor Commissioner.
 Understanding- the Role of Collaterals in Psychotherapy (3/1/2016) 
   This article will assist therapists in identifying the legal issues related to the participation of collaterals in therapy
 Follow Ariadne's Thread (2/5/2016) 
   When practicing psychotherapy, some cases or issues can seem labyrinthine in nature. But. what if there was a way out of the labyrinth?
 Responding To A Subpoena (2/5/2016) 
   This article explains the laws regarding subpoenas and the ethical standards pertaining to serving as a witness.
 The Building of a Profession (10/30/2015) 
   The Building of a Profession A Profession Created, Crafted and Adopted Through Legislation
 Working With Clients Who Are Involved With The Legal System (7/1/2015) 
   This article examines a number of legal and ethical issues, problems, and concerns that therapists often encounter when working with clients who are involved with the courts.
 Labor Board Sets Precedent for California Internships (5/1/2015) 
   The Labor Commissioner of California issued a ruling that will help employers determine whether an intern can be classified as a volunteer or as an employee.