The Therapist July/August 2018

Professional Exchange

MUSIC TRANSCENDS ALL BARRIERS
Most of us have become therapists to help people. We are trained and attuned to listen to what people have to say and help them to the best of our abilities. CAMFT President Jan Mellinger has written a series of interviews with people who have remarkable stories of survival and resilience. The first article in the series features Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron and his raw, painful look at childhood trauma, musical success, and overcoming drug addiction.

HOW TO TAPER OPIOID DEPENDENT PATIENTS OFF OF CHRONIC OPIOID THERAPY
Drug dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal, independent of addiction, are important clinical syndromes that providers should recognize and address, especially today, as we face a national opioid epidemic. Learn how clinicians can provide a conceptual framework for safely and compassionately tapering the opioid dependent patient down and/or off of opioids.

OPIOID ABUSE, ADDICTION, AND TREATMENT: WHAT THERAPISTS, CLIENTS, AND FAMILY MEMBERS NEED TO KNOW
Developed by Gerry Grossman Seminars, this article focuses on providing an understanding of how opioids function, their history and rise in usage in American society, their effects on biological functioning, and the possible methods that a mental health professional can use to assist a client grappling with opioid abuse and addiction.

Legal Department Staff Articles

HEALING & OTHER CONSIDERATIONS IN THE MIDST OF DISASTER
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.

HANDLING COMMON QUESTIONS INVOLVING FEES, PAYMENTS, AND INSURANCE
This article discusses a variety of issues that therapists commonly encounter involving fees, payments and insurance. The article points out key legal and ethical issues which are relevant to fee setting, reduced fee agreements, collecting copayments, billing insurance, and other topics, and offers suggestions to clinicians which are intended to avoid problems in such areas.

DUAL RELATIONSHIPS AND AVOIDING LIABILITY
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 professional liability insurance policies, and potential consequences for inappropriate relationships with clients.

Also in This Issue:

CAMFT’s 2018 FALL SYMPOSIUM
Mark your calendars to attend CAMFT’s Fall Symposium on November 9-11, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, CA. Be sure to register early as seating is limited!

CALL FOR BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS
The CAMFT Nominating Committee is looking for nominees to fill Board of Director vacancies for the term beginning June 1, 2019. The deadline for applications is October 26, 2018.