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

  This article will explore some of the legal, ethical, and practical considerations that MFTs to be mindful of when serving in a crisis response role when providing mental health services.  

This article discusses issues around supervised experience and advertising for MFT Trainees.

This article, in addition to providing a sample Patient Intake Form, discusses some of the considerations to be mindful of with respect to information that is shared or communicated to the patient through the patient intake process.

This article outlines the qualifications, legal, and employment issues relevant to hiring an MFT Registered Intern as an employee in a private practice setting.

This article explains the laws regarding subpoenas and the ethical standards pertaining to serving as a witness.

This article explains California law and relevant CAMFT ethical standards which pertain to record keeping. More specifically, the article discusses California's new record retention law and answers questions about an adult patient rights.

The Basics of Telehealth. This article discusses the legal, ethical, and business considerations related to the practice of telehealth, and explains the California regulations pertaining to telehealth and the specific CAMFT Code of Ethics provisions that relate to telehealth.

This article discusses options for a marriage and family therapist who is the subject of a negative online review or defamatory statement; provides information about using social media; and discusses CAMFT's  social media policy.

This article focuses on a few basic supervision requirements for Trainees and Interns, as well as, basic qualifications for LMFT supervisors.