Articles by CAMFT Attorneys

Articles by Legal Department Staff

The Legal Department articles are not intended to serve as legal advice and are offered for educational purposes only. The information provided should not be used as a substitute for independent legal advice and it is not intended to address every situation that could potentially arise. Please be aware that laws, regulations and technical standards change over time. As a result, it is important to verify and update any reference or information that is provided in the article.


This article, contributed by CAMFT Staff  Attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, explores the ethical, legal, and practical issues LMFTs must consider when retiring.

Bradley J. Muldrow, JD, provides an overview of key legal and ethical issues that therapists should consider when writing referral letters for patients seeking gender-affirming surgeries. He also discusses what information medical facilities and insurance companies often expect therapists to include in these letters.

California’s managed care systems are complex and often difficult for even the most seasoned providers to navigate. Sara Jasper, JD, provides a brief overview of managed care, reviews new laws intended to improve patients’ access to care, and offers resources to support providers and patients.

By Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, Staff Attorney; Learn how the therapist's opinion, regardless of whether it is documented in a report, expressed on the witness stand, or written in a letter, can have a powerful impact on the person's life.

CAMFT Staff Attorney Luke Martin, MBA, JD, reviews best practices and HIPAA implications for therapists who decide to utilize a third party voice over internet protocol (VoIP) for client interactions.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses the most common legal and ethical issues therapists encounter when serving as providers for online therapy platforms. The article also provides guidance for effectively addressing these issues.”

A new Labor Commissioner ruling offers clarity on the legality of post-degree unpaid internships. In this article, Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. explains the sex criteria governing whether a post-degree internship for AMFT's may be unpaid.

CAMFT Staff Attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, explores the ethical, legal, and practical considerations of creating a professional will.

Staff Attorney Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, discusses various changes to the CAMFT Code of Ethics, focusing on substantive revisions to sections 9-13 of the Code.  This article is part III of a three-part series regarding the revised Code of Ethics.

This article offers reminders and tips for LMFTs who find themselves subject to the 21st Century Cures Act and who seek further guidance on how to handle patient requests for access to electronic health information and electronic health records.