I am an Attorney and Clinical Social Worker (LCSW in LA & TX) who defends mental health professionals in Louisiana and Colorado when they have received a Grievance (CO) or Complaint (LA). At present, I am not offering clinical services (psychotherapy), but plan to obtain my LICSW in Massachusetts where I am now living and will then resume my clinical practice of individual, group, and couples therapy.
Also, I provide risk prevention legal / clinical consultation for mental health professionals around the country. Often, when a clinician has a high-risk client/situation, or has received a subpoena, clinicians contact me for legal / ethical / clinical consultation. Often, we can assess the risk and develop a plan for managing it without the consultee receiving a Complaint / Grievance. That is my goal!!
So, if you are looking for a lawyer to consult about a high risk case or subpoena, or to defend you in a licensing board matter, I have the necessary experience and love helping people resolve their problems in whatever arena they arise. from my clinical experience of the last 30 years, I understand quite well what it’s like to manage a clinical practice and deal with high risk situations or legal involvement.
Additionally, I have served as an Expert Witness / Mental Health Consultant for lawyers around the country who are involved with mental health malpractice litigation. I can review depositions to assist with litigation strategy and/or help the litigator create excellent questions for the mental health deponent. I am willing to testify, if necessary, but often I write up an expert report, which the attorney uses as part of the settlement negotiation.
Finally, I offer webinars around the country and live seminars annually in New Orleans and Denver to help prepare clinicians to handle the stresses of our increasingly litigious society. They are usually entitled something like “Self-Protective, Ethical Management of High-Risk Clinical Practice and Legal Involvement”; I always invite participants to submit their own clinical / ethical dilemmas for discussion during the training. Participants enjoy the opportunity to learn key elements of balancing risks and to brainstorm pragmatic approaches to high-risk situations. For more information about my training services, please visit www.beyond-ethics.com and feel free to contact me to schedule individual or group consultations.
I have assisted in litigation around the country involving claims against therapists by rendering an expert opinion on whether the clinical professional’s actions fell below the requisite standard of care for the profession. I have also been involved in cases involving alleged attorney malpractice.