Legal Issues Index of Articles

 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.
 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.
 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 (12/1/2016) 
   This article provides information to legal, ethical, and business issues that arise in the practice of marriage and family therapy.
 The Muddle of Minors and Privilege (9/1/2016) 
   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.
 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.
 The 5150 Foxtrot (3/2/2015) 
   This article discusses steps for therapists seeking a 72-hour involuntary detention for a patient who is a danger to self or others as a result of a mental health disorder in California. This article also explores frequently asked questions abou
 Avoid Legal and Ethical Problems (3/2/2015) 
   Avoid Legal and Ethical Problems
 Your Duty to Report Serious Threats of Violence (2/1/2015) 
   Your Duty to Report Serious Threats of Violence to the Police, Which is Like Your Tarasoff Duty to Protect, but not Exactly The duty to report is different from the Tarasoff duty to protect, both in terms of the aims of the laws and how they are d
 The Use of Arbitration Agreements (11/3/2014) 
   The Use of Arbitration Agreements as an Alternative to Litigation This article provides an overview of the use of arbitration agreements by therapists as an alternative to litigation. In addition to pointing out the specific legal requirements for th
 Law and Ethics of the Therapy Practice Two Vignettes to Consider (5/7/2014) 
   Law and Ethics of the Therapy Practice: Two Vignettes to Consider by Ann Tran-Lien, JD, Staff Attorney
 Are Nonprofits Commercial Enterprises (7/1/2013) 
   Are Nonprofits Commercial Enterprises
 Avoiding Antitrust Problems in Practice (9/1/2012) 
   Avoiding Antitrust Problems in Practice By Ann Tran-Lien, JD, Staff Attorney
 Consider Yourself Served! (9/1/2012) 
   Brenda is updating a client file when a man she does not recognize enters her office. She starts to ask who he is when he puts an envelope in her hand and says she can ???consider herself served.??? Brenda looks down and realizes she has been handed
 Trouble Maker Clients (7/1/2012) 
   While some of your more difficult clients weren???t so pleasant to work with, they have since moved along. However, some difficult clients remain engrossed in your practice, your thoughts, your life???costing you money, time, sleep, and potentially
 Emailing Your Client Legal and Ethical Implications (5/1/2012) 
   By Ann Tran-Lien, JD, Staff Attorney While no California law prohibits e-mailing communications between a therapist and a client, it is important for therapists to consider the legal and ethical ramifications pertaining to this issue.