When the Board Comes Knocking
How to Protect Your License
By Zur Institute
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This Clinical Update provides information that could be vital to your practice:
What you can do today to protect yourself!
How to respond to a board investigation!
How to protect your license and livelihood!
Nine rules of what NOT to do!
Five recommendations of what to do!
GENERAL POINTS TO REMEMBER:
- The probability of being investigated by a state licensing board is generally relatively small.
- Many board complaints are never investigated. You may not know that a complaint was ever levied against you.
- Obviously, licensing boards have a lot of power-authority over licensed psychologists, MFTs, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, nurses, etc.
- Remember, the duty of the boards is to protect the public and regulate the profession.
- While the board may be friendly and helpful, they are not your friends.
WHAT TO DO TODAY -- Before You are Ever Investigated
Make sure that your malpractice insurance includes coverage for board investigations, as well as the standard malpractice coverage.