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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.


Reviewing the commonly encountered legal and ethical issues that clinical supervisors face, CAMFT attorney Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, offers helpful legal and ethical reminders regarding the supervision of pre-licensed marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers and professional clinical counselors.

CAMFT’s Deputy Executive Director, Cathy Atkins, JD, discusses changes to California law, and the new test employers must use to determine if their independent contractors classification is legally permissible.

There are many considerations a therapist should keep in mind when introducing social media into their practice. Kristin W. Roscoe, JD, highlights issues of informed consent and record keeping pertaining to social media usage.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses important Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and compliance practices for therapists to consider when providing services to patients with communications disabilities.

This article discusses the necessary steps for agencies to be authorized in California to submit Live Scan applications to the Department of Justice. Instructions regarding how to send applicants to be fingerprinted are also addressed.

In this article, Luke Martin, Staff Attorney discusses the implications of video and/or audio recording a client’s session. The article highlights specifically the “two-party consent” rule as well as its application to clinicians.

In recent years it has become more and more fashionable for organizations, including private practices, nonprofit agencies, and professional counseling corporations, to use independent contractors, as opposed to employees, to provide counseling services to their clients. Learn how the trend could backfire against an organization and end up costing it more money, much more money, in the end.

California is one of many states that allow for minors to consent to certain healthcare on their own. This article will discuss issues related to minors’ rights to consent to mental health treatment and disclosure of minors’ confidential treatment.

This article describes the scope of practice and scope of competence for Marriage and Family Therapists. The article also discusses marijuana and marijuana derived products as well as psychedelic therapy.

This article provides recommendations and suggestions that a therapist may choose to utilize to ensure competent and sound best practices.