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As technology has evolved, the law has remained somewhat stagnant on the subject of minor sexting. The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act must be interpreted with this modern problem and therapists must figure out when a mandatory report is needed. This article will review various situations and illustrate how a minor change will impact the responsibilities of the therapist.


The Myth of the Wooden Spoon Does a parent's use of a wooden spoon to spank a child, even when such action results in some bruising to the child, automatically constitute abuse of a child? Dave Jensen, JD, discusses a recent legal case involving this important mater.

A  Closer Look at the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.

This article provides an overview of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and discusses the mandatory reporting obligations for psychotherapists.

Time and time again, there seems to be much confusion with regard to whether an MFT must, or is even permitted to, report consensual sexual activity involving minors. Learn when it is mandatory to report consensual sexual activity.

One of the more significant legal responsibilities that licensees, interns, and trainees have is the reporting of elder and dependent adult abuse.