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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.


Most therapists write a corresponding progress note in their patient’s treatment record for every therapy session they provide. However, some therapists wonder whether or not the time that they spend writing progress notes is well-spent, or, whether progress notes are even necessary at all. Ultimately, it is difficult for any therapist to know what to include in a progress note unless he or she understands the basic function of these notes in documenting treatment.

Marriage and Family Therapists often find themselves in the role of Landlord, as well as Tenant in their business practices. Dealing with the legal issues surrounding your landlord-tenant agreements can be confusing, stressful and time-consuming.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) would like to make the following recommendations to California consumers who choose to seek therapy or counseling over the Internet. Individuals who provide psychotherapy or counseling, either in person, by tele

Time and time again, there seems to be much confusion with regard to whether an MFT must, or is even permitted to, report consensual sexual activity involving minors. Learn when it is mandatory to report consensual sexual activity.

Although the overall employment of counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations today's job market continues to become increasingly competitive. Having skills above and beyond a Marriage and Family Therapist license, 

Are you looking to add another dimension to your practice? If so, you should consider becoming a substance professional for drug and alcohol programs connected with the Depart of Transportation (DOT)might be right for you and your private practice.

Job hunting and curriculum vitae writing can be a daunting and time consuming task whether one is searching for a trainee position, an internship or changing jobs as a licensed MFT. Only the lucky few obtain positions without having to und

Although most therapists consider informed consent to treatment to be an important principle in healthcare, some question whether informed consent differs from ordinary consent to treatment and if so, how it applies to the practice of psychotherapy.

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On March 16, 2006, the Final Rule for enforcing violations of HIPAA went into effect. Learn how the Final Rule gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services, or his or her designee, the authority to investigate complaints of violations of HIPAA and to impose civil monetary penalties on covered entities that violate any of HIPAA’s provisions.