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Whether you are providing ketamine assisted psychotherapy, considering future incorporation of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy into your 
practice, or have patients who might dabble in these arenas, Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. details ethical considerations for therapists who provide ketamine- or psychedelic assisted

This article explains what information marriage and family therapists need to know about becoming an authorized provider for the California Victim Compensation Board program.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD provides an overview of key legal and ethical issues therapists should consider when writing referral letters for patients seeking gender affirming medical and surgical treatments. He also discusses information therapists may wish to consider including in those letters.

Legal and ethical issues often arise when a therapist is ending their relationship with an employer. Focusing on topics of dispute that commonly arise between employers and therapists/employees, Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW examines the application of California law to the use of noncompetition clauses in employment contracts and considers
sections of the CAMFT Code of Ethics relevant to issues such as patient autonomy and independence.

This article by staff attorney Alain Montgomery, JD, defines what a practice management company is and describes the advantages and disadvantages of using the array of services it offers therapists.

In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD, discusses key legal, ethical, and clinical issues therapists should consider prior to soliciting testimonials and reviews from their patients.

This article by CAMFT Staff Attorney Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, discusses six common myths and misconceptions that influence therapists in their interpretation of common legal and ethical issues.

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.