ERIC Number: ED348608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Law and Management of a Counseling Agency or Private Practice. The ACA Legal Series. Volume 3.
Bullis, Ronald K.
This monograph addresses laws that govern the business and management of mental health practices. The preface warns that this book only raises legal issues, concentrates on federal law, and does not exhaust the issues and information on any topic. A glossary of terms such as "burden of proof,""fiduciary,""negligence," and "torts" is presented. These topics are discussed: (1) contracts; (2) advertising; (3) copyright; (4) employment discrimination; (5) sexual harassment; (6) employer vicarious liability; (7) agency; (8) insurance; (9) legal audits; (10) frequently asked questions; and (11) guidelines for practice. A summary notes that counseling is a business and is therefore governed by a host of rules and regulations. It recommends that mental health professionals, both those in business for themselves and those in private agencies and government departments, should stay abreast of the law and its implications for the mental health industry. It cautions that without knowledge of current laws, mental health practitioners are vulnerable to civil and criminal penalties. Eight discussion questions are presented. Suggested readings are listed. References are included. (ABL)
Descriptors: Agencies, Counseling, Counselors, Ethics, Federal Legislation, Government Employees, Laws, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Private Sector
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($11.95, Order #72303).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.