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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.

In this article, Ann Tran-Lien, JD discusses a patient’s right to access their confidential mental health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

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.

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

Understanding the purpose and structure of a marriage and family therapy professional corporation may help marriage and family therapists decide
whether, and when to form a professional corporation in their own circumstance. This article is intended to provide a general overview of the marriage and 
family therapy professional corporation in California.

Effective January 1, 2018, the title for a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern was changed to Associate Marriage and Family Therapist” (or “Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist,” if preferred). This article will discuss the new advertising guidelines for BBS registrants.