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Subpoenas for Clinical Records and Clinical Notes

September 11, 2014  |   Posted by : Michael Puhl   |   Counselor Resources   |   0 Comment

In some states, attorneys have the legal authority to issue subpoenas to which you must comply. Texas is one of the states. This includes a subpoena duces tecum, whereby you have to bring the client’ s records with you. Assuming this is true in your jurisdiction, you must appear in court at the time and […]

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What Clinical Notes & Records must be Maintained by Therapists?

August 07, 2014  |   Posted by : Michael Puhl   |   Counselor Resources   |   0 Comment

Mental health care professionals are increasingly being called into depositions and court hearings to provide records and testimony concerning treatment provided to their clients.  Whether you like it or not, clinical notes — including computer files — cannot be fully protected in legal proceedings.  Every therapist must keep and maintain clinical notes, in some cases […]

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Tips for Testifying Lesson 10: Top 12 Recommendations for Records to Be Kept by Counselors in Preparation for Trial

March 21, 2014  |   Posted by : Michael Puhl   |   Counselor Resources   |   0 Comment

In a previous post on how to avoid legal problems when engaging in a new counseling relationship, we mentioned that you never know when a client will become involved in a legal dispute, like a divorce or a child custody case, that will require your participation.  Because of that, it’s critical to keep client records […]

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Tips for Testifying Lesson 9: The Role of the Counselor in Child Custody Evaluations

March 19, 2014  |   Posted by : Michael Puhl   |   Counselor Resources   |   0 Comment

Mental health professionals have to switch hats between different roles when their clients become involved in legal proceedings.  While a counselor typically has a patient-focused therapeutic approach in normal counseling sessions, the requirements and expectations are quite different in child custody evaluations. Tips for Testifying Lesson 9: The Role of the Counselor in Child Custody […]

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Tips for Testifying Lesson 8: How to Anticipate and Avoid Legal Problems When Engaging in a New Counseling Relationship

March 17, 2014  |   Posted by : Michael Puhl   |   Counselor Resources   |   0 Comment

In previous posts in this series of Tips for Testifying in Legal Proceedings, we’ve looked at specific advice for when you’re on the witness stand, like how to respond to trick questions, how direct and cross-examination work, and who can testify as an expert.  Today, we’re stepping away from the courtroom to the therapist’s office, […]

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