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In this article, Bradley J. Muldrow, JD provides an overview of the 2010 minor’s consent law, Health and Safety Code Section 124260. The article also discusses key steps therapists must follow to offer minor’s consent-based treatment pursuant to this law.

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.


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 issues of who can waive the psychotherapist patient privilege on behalf of minor patients is complex, and in this article Dave Jensen, JD, sets forth some of the approaches to dealing with this complex topic.

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.

Treatment of Minors 4 vignettes answered

Treatment of Minors Vignettes

Because many children have disabilities, which interfere with their ability to succeed in their educational programs, the resources that are provided by Special Education,3 including mental health assessment and treatment, should be of particular interest to child therapists.

When Treating Minors 12 years of age or older, consent does not automatically equal authorization to release confidential medical information

The Role of Minor’s Counsel in Family Court Proceedings