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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 bipartisan legislation will help put an end to discrimination against patients seeking treatment for mental illness and addiction. It will amend Section 712 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Section 2705 of the Public Health Service Act, and Section 9812 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

A Marriage and Family Therapist’s scope of practice varies from state to state. This article will focus solely on what is contained within the specific definition
of a state’s MFT scope of practice.

As of July 1, 2008, the revised CAMFT Ethical Standards, Part I, became effective. Learn more about the changes that they have undergone, and review the twenty new sections that have been added addressing a variety of important issues.

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of therapy. Learn more about the essential element of therapist-patient confidentiality through numerous sections of law and ethical standards.

At what point does our ability to access information, personal information, become a violation of personal privacy? This question is currently being debated throughout the country in the matter of online data vendors

During a session with your 14-year-old client you learn information that leads you to believe she is a victim of child abuse. As a well trained therapist, you call Child Protective Services (???CPS???) after the session to report the abuse and are to

Members of CAMFT are invited to comment on the proposed revisions to Part I of the CAMFT Code of Ethics

Because many children have disabilities, which interfere with their ability to succeed in their educational programs, the resources that are provided by Special Education,3 including mental health assessment and treatment, should be of particular interest to child therapists.

Each of the following brief vignettes describes a hypothetical scenario that involves a therapist interacting with his or her current or former patient outside of the context of therapy.

We are at the beginning of a new legislative cycle and therefore at an imperative point to again encourage the passage of a bill to include MFTs in Medicare reimbursement. Although we have come close in the past to achieving this goal, we continue to