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 explains what information marriage and family therapists need to know about becoming an authorized provider for the California Victim Compensation Board program.

The topic of advertising may seem simple enough, but California law mandates specific advertising requirements that licensed therapists, registrants, and trainees must follow. This article discusses several legal and ethical guidelines therapists should be aware of when advertising theirprofessional psychotherapy services.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD provides an overview of key legal and ethical issues therapists should consider when writing referral letters for patients seeking gender affirming medical and surgical treatments. He also discusses information therapists may wish to consider including in those letters.

In this article, Ann Tran-Lien, JD, discusses new laws that affect pre-licensed therapists and answers commonly asked questions related to the licensure process.

This article will explain what an association health plan (AHP) is and why legal constraints prevent CAMFT from establishing one for its members.

Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses how AB 1145 changed the mandated reporting requirements for situations in which minors are engaged in certain forms of consensual sexual activity. The article also highlights key mandated reporting rules that were not impacted by this new law.

Legal and ethical issues often arise when a therapist is ending their relationship with an employer. Focusing on topics of dispute that commonly arise between employers and therapists/employees, Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW examines the application of California law to the use of noncompetition clauses in employment contracts and considers
sections of the CAMFT Code of Ethics relevant to issues such as patient autonomy and independence.

This article by staff attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, defines what a practice management company is and describes the advantages and disadvantages of using the array of services it offers therapists.

CalAIM is a multi-year effort to transform and reform the Medi-Cal system. This article provides information about major components of the CalAIM framework such as the new requirements for Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs) and a multitude of behavioral health reforms.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD provides an overview of the 2010 minor’s consent law, Health and Safety Code Section 124260. The article also discusses key steps therapists must follow to offer minor’s consent-based treatment pursuant to this law.