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Conversations with the CAMFT Attorneys: What to Expect When You Are Facing a BBS or an Ethics Complaint


The looming threat that one's patient may file a BBS or ethics complaint can lead to weeks of anxious days and sleepless nights. Knowing what to expect and how to respond upon receiving such complaints can restore a therapist’s peace of mind and allow them to practice with clarity and confidence.

In this workshop, the CAMFT Staff Attorneys discuss what to expect when facing a BBS or Ethics Committee complaint; common complaints and recommendations of preventative actions; what happens when the BBS receives a complaint; recommendations on how a therapist may respond; and an overview of the Ethics Committee complaint process.

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define who has standing to file a complaint with the BBS
  2. Explain how the BBS Enforcement Analyst may investigate a BBS complaint
  3. Describe a therapist’s options when in receipt of a BBS inquiry without the appropriate authorizations
  4. Distinguish between the BBS and CAMFT Ethics Committee’s complaint process


  • Ann Tran-Lien, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney

    Ann Tran-Lien joined CAMFT as a Staff Attorney in June of 2008 and has been the Managing Director of Legal Affairs since June of 2014. Ann received her B.A. in Psychology and Political Science from San Diego State University and her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall). Ann obtained litigation experience at a civil litigation law firm before joining CAMFT, practicing primarily in the areas of personal injury, business, contracts, and family law. Ann provides guidance to members regarding their legal, ethical, and business matters, and regularly contributes to The Therapist magazine. Ann also provides law and ethics webinars and presentations to schools and agencies.

  • Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW

    Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, is an attorney at law and a licensed clinical social worker.
    Mr. Griffin is a 1980 graduate of the USC School of Social Work and attended law school at Chapman University, where he earned his J.D. in 1998. He received his LCSW in 1982, is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work and has considerable experience as a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents, and adults.
    In addition to his experience as a therapist, Mr. Griffin has also worked as a clinical case manager, clinical supervisor, program director and as an oral examiner for LCSW candidates. Mr. Griffin served as a child/adolescent outpatient clinic director in the department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital and Health Center of San Diego and is the former Director of Clinical Operations for Western Youth Services in Orange County California. Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist and is an attorney with CAMFT, where he consults with CAMFT’s members regarding legal and ethical issues.

  • Sara Jasper, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney

    Sara M. Jasper grew up in the Sacramento area. She graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Chico with a B.A. in Journalism. While attending CSUC, Sara Interned for Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C. and served as an editor for the award-winning weekly student newspaper, The Orion. Sara attended The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she served as a library research assistant to professors on campus. During law school, she also clerked for the California Judicial Council, Center for Children, Families & the Courts and for the National Center for Youth Law. Until she moved to San Diego last fall, Sara was on the Board of Directors for Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.) and is a member of the State Bar of California. Prior to joining CAMFT, Sara worked at the private firm of Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP where she specialized in education and employment law. Sara also worked as the Legal Liaison and Administrative Officer in the Office of the Chief of Police for the City of Sacramento for three years. She assumed her role with the City of Sacramento's Police Department upon graduating from law school.

  • Bradley J. Muldrow, Esq., CAMFT Staff Attorney

    As a CAMFT staff attorney, Bradley J. Muldrow, Esq. takes member phone calls regarding law and ethics issues and contributes articles on those subjects to CAMFT's publication, the Therapist. Prior to joining CAMFT’s legal team, Brad worked on litigation and regulatory matters as an attorney for San Diego Gas & Electric Company.

    Since becoming an attorney, Brad has given law and ethics presentations to attorneys and judges as a member of the J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court. He has also served as a board member for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit.

May 14, 2021
Fri 12:30 PM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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