“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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Topics: Continuing Education

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

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

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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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

Do you work for the VA or know someone who does? If so, check this out!

Posted by Bethany Vanderbilt

October 12, 2017 at 6:42 AM

Did you know? The Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 12,000 social workers, marriage faVA Photo-2.jpgmily therapists and professional clinical counselors. The services these professionals provide are integral to helping veterans and their families. As part of Therapist Development Center’s (TDC) ongoing efforts to support our country’s veterans, and those who assist them, we are happy to announceTDC is now an approved vendor with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Topics: Exam Prep, LCSW Exam Prep, Continuing Education, Veterans, MFT Exam Prep, LMSW Exam Prep

Answer and Rationale for FREE Question on Record Keeping

Posted by Robin Gluck

October 6, 2017 at 11:59 AM

In honor of TDC's launch of our new continuing education courses, yesterday's practice question explored the legal issue of record keeping. Today we have the answer and rationale for you!

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Topics: MFT, Exam Prep, Professional Development, Continuing Education

FREE Practice Question: Record Keeping

Posted by Robin Gluck

October 5, 2017 at 11:59 AM

This week, we are excited to expand TDC’s professional development opportunities for therapists with the launch of our first continuing education courses. This first set of courses focuses on the laws and ethics of our profession. In honor of these courses, this week’s free MFT practice question will explore the legal issue of record keeping. More specifically, we will examine who has the right to access client records.

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Topics: MFT, Exam Prep, Professional Development, Continuing Education

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