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Law and Ethics of the Therapy Practice: Two Vignettes to Consider by Ann Tran-Lien, JD, Staff Attorney

The issue of whether a nonprofit agency must comply with Wage and Hour Laws could hinge on whether the agency is operating a commercial enterprise. Learn more about how the scope of the nonprofit’s activities can determine if it is a commercial enterprise.

In California, child custody evaluations can be conducted either by court staff or by private professionals, depending on a local court’s resources and structure. This article focuses on the requirements for private child custody evaluators.

There is a “dance” that all therapists must know how to do, and do well, which means smoothly executing the “steps” involved, and not tripping over one’s feet in the process. This dance is called The Tarasoff Two-Step.

This article discusses fundamental elements of the federal and state antitrust laws you should know to protect against potential antitrust violations.

Marital Therapy Vignette -  Vignette Discussion to “Treating Couples: Identifying and Managing Legal & Ethical Issues

While some of your more difficult clients weren???t so pleasant to work with, they have since moved along. However, some difficult clients remain engrossed in your practice, your thoughts, your life???costing you money, time, sleep, and potentially

While no California law prohibits e-mail communications between a therapist and a client, it is important for therapists to consider the legal and ethical ramifications pertaining to this issue.

LPCC Grandparenting Requirements, FAQs The LPCC Grandparenting Requirements, 

Part of the deal of being a therapist is responding to subpoenas, should the need arise. Therapist should have a working knowledge of the laws pertaining to the preparation and service of subpoenas.