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This article is part one of a three-part series which will discuss the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This first installment of the series provides an overview of FERPA.

This article will briefly review the California Victims Compensation Program.

In California, all businesses must create an Injury and Illness Prevention Program. The program must detail how health standards. This article provides
information about how to create the Injury and Illness Prevention Program as well as information about workplace violence.

Two major changes to California’s laws went into effect January 1, 2015 and require employers to afford employees, unpaid interns, and volunteers certain workplace benefits and protections. This article provides general information about California’s new paid sick leave law and the new amendments to California’s law that prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace. 

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.

CAMFT membership surveys consistently reflect the availability of CAMFT legal staff for telephone consultation regarding legal, ethical, and licensure concerns as one of the most highly valued benefits of CAMFT membership.

Are there questions you may have for the Association that go unanswered because you aren’t quite sure where to get the answers? This article addresses
some common questions we receive from members about the Association.

Most therapists write a corresponding progress note in their patient’s treatment record for every therapy session they provide. However, some therapists wonder whether or not the time that they spend writing progress notes is well-spent, or, whether progress notes are even necessary at all. Ultimately, it is difficult for any therapist to know what to include in a progress note unless he or she understands the basic function of these notes in documenting treatment.

Marriage and Family Therapists often find themselves in the role of Landlord, as well as Tenant in their business practices. Dealing with the legal issues surrounding your landlord-tenant agreements can be confusing, stressful and time-consuming.

Although the overall employment of counselors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations today's job market continues to become increasingly competitive. Having skills above and beyond a Marriage and Family Therapist license,