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Is this legal? Questions from Around Florida

I get emails and calls asking if certain behaviors of our colleagues are legal.  Here are a few examples:

1.  This notice was in a church bulletin:

Process Group, for emotional and relational healing, meets at the church office during the 9:00 a.m. service (north side of the parking lot). Led by licensed […]

LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship: Which is best for a Registered Intern?

Guest post from Jessica Richards, LMHC

LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship: Which is best for a Registered Intern?

I formed my LLC before I graduated from my Master’s program.  I chose to let my LLC go during my time as a registered intern for several reasons.

1) As registered interns we cannot be paid though our LLC […]

Will Florida’s Telemedicine Rule help form the Standards for Telemental Health?

In February, I reported on a number of law or rule changes  and proposed bills.  A rule (64B8-9.0141 – Telemedicine) arising from F. S. 456 (Authority of Florida’ Department of Health General Provisions of Health Professions) was finalized on March 7, 2016 which added definitions and standards for telehealth.  The Board of Clinical […]

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

FL HB 0373 Has Passed – NOW Law 491.0045 Sets time limit for Registered Interns to become licensed

Updated post November 27, 2018:

491.0045 Intern registration; requirements.— . . .

(5) An intern registration is valid for 5 years.
1(6) A registration issued on or before March 31, 2017, expires March 31, 2022, and may not be renewed or reissued. Any registration issued after March 31, 2017, expires 60 months after the date it is […]

Recent actions by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling:

As hard as it might be to believe it really isn’t okay to borrow money from a client.  For me that is an obvious breech of our fiduciary relationship with our clients.  I think we all know that committing fraud or conspiring to commit fraud through insurance, Medicare and Medicaid billing isn’t okay either.  Again, […]

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 |2018-11-27T13:36:18+00:00February 8th, 2015|Categories: General, Laws & Ethics, Registered Interns|0 Comments

What Is Supposed to Happen in an Hour of Supervision?

Eye on Florida Laws and Rules
What Is Supposed to Happen in an Hour of Supervision?
© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW

November 19, 2014

Registered interns and licensed mental health professionals often want to know just what constitutes supervision.  Questions about supervision are posted online on Facebook and LinkedIn, emailed to me and sometimes I get a call […]

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, 2014 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 outdated information deleted.


As of November 27, 2018, […]

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 […]

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