This website is intended as a source for general information for mental health professionals in California. The information posted here is for clinicians throughout the state who are seeking some basic information about mental health practice. I will be posting original content, as well as links to other sites with relevant information. Feel free to leave a comment or email me directly at: alban@clinicallawyer.com.

Daily Deal / “Groupon” style activities for psychologists and other therapists?

I’d like to preface this comment by saying that I do not have an opinion about whether promotions such as Living Social, Groupon, etc., are appropriate or constitute impermissible fee splitting when used by psychologists.  I do, however, think that it’s useful to think about these things...

Professional Wills for Psychiatrists

The following article was authored by A. Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D. and myself.  It was published in the Fall 2010 issue of The California Psychiatrist, a publication of the California Psychiatric Association: Professional Wills:  Protecting Patients, Family Members and Colleagues A.    Steven...

The Standard of Care and Why Psychologists Turn On Each Other

There were some discussions about my article on the standard of care and to respond to some questions I posted this followup explanation that provides my take on why psychologists so frequently turn on each other:

What is the Standard of Care?

What is the “Standard of Care,” and why should you want to know about it? by Adam Alban, Ph.D., J.D. What is “the standard of care?”  Do you know?  Odds are, even if you’ve never heard the term, you’ve found yourself wondering about it.  If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what...

Can clinicians use a collection agency?

This is a common question posed on practitioner listservs.  Some people have very strong feelings about this issue.