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*BBS REQUIREMENTS https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/lawsregs.pdf
All information may be verified through the Board of Behavioral Sciences Website, listed above.
HIPPA - https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/laws/hipaa/Pages/default.aspx
CANCELLATION OF SESSIONS
Unless illness is a factor, missed sessions will be paid for in full. Scheduling conflicts and work related issues are not means for missing sessions. Cancellation is valid the morning of, or evening prior. Notice the evening prior is preferred. If the therapist is waiting in office for a morning appointment, the appointment will be billed.
MANDATED REPORTING and THERAPEUTIC TERMINATION
In accordance with BBS law and Ethics, therapy may be discontinued for person's concerns beyond a therapeutic scope of treatment for that therapist, a client who is not a good fit therapeutically, or individuals or couples that compromise the therapist's safety or the safety of others. General Threats, including Legal Threats, or mistreatment of a therapist, per discretion, including emotional abuse, belittling, etc.. is grounds for terminating therapy.
By law, all therapists are mandated reporters (*SEE BBS REQUIREMENTS ABOVE). Per California Law, therapist's, including interns, are expected and required to discuss casework, client progress and issues with supervisor(s) and/or colleagues, in accordance with the BBS Rules and Regulations. Reporting, discussing with supervisors, or considering formally reporting person's with mental or emotional issues that raise concern for the safety of others, the client, or any being or creature is not illegal and the duty of mandated reporters. Reporting legitimate issues of concern is not illegal, and includes mention of intent if that has been disclosed, regardless of a plan. If a client mentions, once or on a regular basis that they will harm another person or their self, it is appropriate and the obligation of a therapist to consider and/or discuss with appropriate parties; or to report that individual to the authorities or protective services; 1) Especially if the client's plan or mention of thoughts does not diminish or 2) show movement of dissipation and 3) includes secrecy about the plan or thoughts related to the situation of concern; 4) If the client seems more determined, talkative about the situation, and/or secretive about the plan when the therapist checks in with the client, regarding such matters. These and any unmentioned, but reliable instances, may be considered a concern for safety and may be reported, discussed with colleagues or supervisor(s), or considered a reportable concern.
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