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We invite you to provide CAMFT with your written analysis of the legal and ethical issues that arise based on the actions taken by the therapists in four clinical vignettes.

On Ethics: Avoiding Problems with Fees, Payment Agreements and Health Insurance 

The Role of the CAMFT Ethics Committee

This article discusses a number of key legal issues which are generally applicable when treating a suicidal client. The article also briefly discusses the topic of assessing and managing risk when working with suicidal clients.

In May, 2013, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) plans to release the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM) otherwise known as the DSM-5. This event is likely to have an impact on the lives of most clinicians. Learn about the possible changes and the current status.

This article takes a closer look at some of the legal and ethical issues presented in Richard Leslie's article. "Closing a Practice," and discusses various options that a therapist should be aware of when closing his or her practice.

Do you Tweet? Are you LinkedIn? Do you Facebook? Is your Blogger blog on your Wikipaces wiki? If you know what these terms mean,you belong to a very large group of people who participate in various forms of social networking.

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.