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Therapists and the Legal System: Avoiding Problems When Working With clients Who Are Involved With the Courts, Part 3

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Contributors

  • 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.

  • Ian Russ, PhD, LMFT

    Ian Russ, PhD, LMFT is a past Chair of the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Currently, he is an Expert for the BBS reviewing complaints against therapists alleging misbehavior in court related situations. Dr. Russ is an expert witness in the family, dependency, and probate courts and conducts custody evaluations. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Cal State Northridge teaching Law and Ethics and a member of the CAMFT Ethics Committee.