Ivan Perkins, JD

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“Unprofessional Conduct” for California Psychotherapists

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

January 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

bigstock-concept-of-professional-118875314.jpgYour licensing board, the BBS, cares a lot about how you practice therapy or counseling. But it also cares about how you conduct yourself generally. The BBS defines “unprofessional conduct” in broad terms—and includes many acts having nothing to do with therapy.

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Topics: Continuing Education

A Brief History of Confidentiality in Psychotherapy

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

January 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

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Your California Psychotherapy License

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

January 3, 2018 at 3:32 PM

bigstock--203863828.jpgLet’s talk about your license. Why do you even have one? There are three main reasons why the State of California requires anyone providing mental health services to hold a license.

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Topics: Continuing Education

Confidentiality in Psychotherapy: Some Basic Scenarios

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

December 27, 2017 at 10:48 AM

There is one overarching confidentiality rule for psychotherapists and social workers.

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Topics: Professional Development

Dual Relationships & Boundary-Blurring Acts

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

December 15, 2017 at 8:25 AM

“Dual relationships” are not just about sex. The basic idea is that a therapist should just be a therapist for any particular client. If a therapist is also the client’s business partner, employee, employer, close friend, family member, creditor, debtor, or colleague, things start to get messy. Legitimate questions begin to arise about the therapist’s judgment, motivations, and treatment. You could be sued—or more likely, disciplined by your board—for engaging in any “dual relationship.”

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Topics: Continuing Education

Scope of Practice vs. Scope of Competence

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

December 4, 2017 at 11:59 AM

bigstock-Man-telling-therapist-his-prob-45837058.jpgWhat does your psychotherapy license allow you to do? Specifically, what can you do that an unlicensed person cannot?

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Topics: Professional Development

The Standard of Care Line

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

November 27, 2017 at 11:50 AM

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The law draws a horizontal line.

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Topics: Continuing Education

Professional Boundaries in Psychotherapy

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

October 30, 2017 at 8:24 AM

bigstock-Risk-Management-6814519.jpgThere is one ridiculously easy trick to avoiding a malpractice lawsuit, a board investigation, and the loss of your license. (And it is making law and ethics advisors FURIOUS!!!)

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Topics: Professional Development, Continuing Education

Nontraditional Modalities of Psychotherapy and the Standard of Care

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

October 23, 2017 at 11:59 AM

 

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Topics: Professional Development, Continuing Education

Providing Psychotherapy or Counseling to a Minor in California

Posted by Ivan Perkins, JD

October 16, 2017 at 11:59 AM

bigstock--207902956.jpgWhat if a teenager shows up at your office or clinic? What if she is willing and able to pay for counseling on her own? Can you just start treating her? How does this work in California?

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Topics: Professional Development

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