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Eye on the Florida Mental Health Laws & Rules

February 15, 2017

A number of law or rule changes  and proposed bills are in process as I write.  Language revisions in our practice act, F. S. 491, have an impact on Registered Interns, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors, and Certified Social Workers.

First, Registered Interns, are probably aware of the recent […]

By |2017-04-19T11:46:26+00:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics, Psychotherapy, Registered Interns, Tele Mental Health|0 Comments

Is the new Pixar movie “Inside Out” a fair example of our internal struggles?

I have been intrigued by the implications of this movie since I saw the first trailer some time ago.  The new Pixar film “Inside Out” reminds me of the many conversations that I have had with clients over the past 30+ years.  So many clients talk about “that voice in my head” or “the committee” […]

By |2017-01-27T15:11:07+00:00June 22nd, 2015|Categories: General, Psychotherapy|0 Comments

Fraud – What is it? What’s the harm?

By Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW
June 16, 2014 revised February 9th, 2015

I have noticed a number of disciplinary cases involving some form of fraud in the minutes of the past quarter’s Board meetings.  These cases are another example of intentional deception to the detriment of some “other”.  The cases I reviewed were frauds committed by […]

By |2017-01-27T15:11:08+00:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics, Registered Interns|0 Comments

Exemptions to Licensure

Exemptions to Licensure

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW

July 17, 2014 –

Revised and Shared with Beginning Counselors of Florida on October 31, 2014

Frequently I am asked when providing continuing education on any of our required courses, “How do agencies (or programs) have unlicensed employees (or trainees) providing counseling services?”  There is confusion and concern about […]

By |2017-01-27T15:11:08+00:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: General|0 Comments

IMPORTANT UPDATE! For: “I want to start a private practice. What do I need to know?”

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW
October 29, 2014

This post updates the information previously posted on October 19th based on statutes that are in the process of being changed.  Registered Interns should read this commentary thoroughly.  The prior post has been edited and out-dated information deleted.

I’m a Registered Intern; can I have a private […]

By |2017-01-27T15:11:08+00:00October 30th, 2014|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

I want to start a private practice. What do I need to know?

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW
October 19, 2014, revised October 29, 2014

I’ve been licensed and working for a while but I really want to be in private practice.  What do I need do first?  I’m a Registered Intern; can I have a private practice?

These questions and others have been posed to me over […]

Are you up-to-date with the current Florida Laws & Rules?

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW

September 11, 2014

While preparing to provide the new Renewal Florida Laws & Rules course I found approximately 15 law changes since 2010.  I focus on those changes when providing the course.  But, I believe that I am going to have to change that process.  It may be necessary to go […]

By |2014-09-11T16:55:22+00:00September 11th, 2014|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics|0 Comments

What teaching means to me despite trials and tribulations. . .

I love teaching. I love the sharing of knowledge and challenges between the students and me. One of my strongest values which underlies all that I do is to promote a positive image for the profession and help new social workers develop professionally. Teaching social work courses is my newest way of doing that.

Classroom discussions […]

By |2017-01-27T15:11:08+00:00June 23rd, 2014|Categories: General|0 Comments