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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.

 

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses the most common legal and ethical issues therapists encounter when serving as providers for online therapy platforms. The article also provides guidance for effectively addressing these issues.”

This article offers reminders and tips for LMFTs who find themselves subject to the 21st Century Cures Act and who seek further guidance on how to handle patient requests for access to electronic health information and electronic health records.

As so many continue to work remotely during the pandemic, CAMFT’s Sara Jasper, JD, addresses the legal and ethical considerations for psychotherapists who are working from home.

"In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD discusses a recent court ruling requiring many businesses to make their websites ADA-compliant and how that ruling applies to therapists."

CAMFT staff attorney Sara Jasper, JD, guides therapists through the ins and outs of conservatorships by reviewing the various types of conservatorships as well as the duties of different types of conservators.

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.

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 will assist therapists in identifying the legal issues related to the participation of collaterals in therapy.

 

This article discusses the topic of independent contractors, including relevant legal factors to consider regarding their use. Consideration is given to a recent California Supreme Court decision concerning the classification of independent contractors.

This article will review relevant ethical standards, the types of dual relationship and boundary violations that tend to prompt the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to take disciplinary action, ways to avoid liability, common exclusions in professional liability insurance policies, and potential consequences for inappropriate relationships with clients.