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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.

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.

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.

Scope of Practice. Questions often arise regarding the breadth of the scope of practice of the marriage and family therapist professional, or with regard to any profession or professional . What is a scope of practice? And, how does it differ from a scope of competence? If challenged, can you articulate your scope of practice?

A therapist who treats a child in the midst of a custody battle needs to be aware of his or her proper role in the process.