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The topic of advertising may seem simple enough, but California law mandates specific advertising requirements that licensed therapists, registrants, and trainees must follow. This article discusses several legal and ethical guidelines therapists should be aware of when advertising theirprofessional psychotherapy services.

In this article, Ann Tran-Lien, JD, discusses new laws that affect pre-licensed therapists and answers commonly asked questions related to the licensure process.

The MFT licensure process can be daunting and complex. This article provides a guide for those on the road to MFT licensure.

In this article Ann Tran-Lien, JD., provides a general overview of the two Final Rules issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the next phase of the 21st Century Cares Act.

The following is a sample Telehealth Consent Form that CAMFT members may utilize in their practice or alter as they deem appropriate for their clientele.

The following is a sample Telehealth Consent Form that CAMFT members may utilize in their practice or alter as they deem appropriate for their clientele.

In this article are the most prominent considerations for therapists who want to utilize Telehealth platforms to safely continue client care. 

There are many legal and ethical considerations regarding Telehealth, including HIPAA compliance and regulation issues. This article provides an overview of HIPAA considerations for implementing Telehealth, as well as options for HIPAA compliant Telehealth platforms. 

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.

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.