Are you facing an investigation by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors? If so, you may be wondering what are the possible disciplinary actions that can be taken against you. Once a complaint is filed against you with the Board, your career, reputation, and livelihood are at stake. It is imperative that you seek representation from an experienced professional license defense attorney.
We understand that as a licensed professional counselor you dedicated yourself to extensive training to understand how to help people navigate issues in their lives. Your work makes a meaningful difference. Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
Common Complaints Filed Against Professional Counselors
Some of the common reasons professional counselors face enforcement action from the Board include allegations of:
- Breach of confidentiality.
- Inappropriate relationships and boundaries with clients.
- False, misleading, or deceptive advertising of services.
- Failure to maintain accurate records or other paperwork.
- Insurance and Medicaid fraud.
- Failure to report information on abuse of minor clients.
- Criminal activity.
- Unprofessional conduct.
To be certain, a formal complaint filed with the Board in response to an alleged violation of the law or professional rules can have profound consequences for your career.
Possible Disciplinary Action
All complaints filed with the Board are reviewed to determine whether the statements made indicate a potential violation of law or rules. You will be notified if a complaint is filed against you with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. You have the right to defend yourself at every stage of the complaint process.
If a complaint on its face indicates a potential violation, then the investigation moves forward. Complaints may be investigated informally by Board staff or by a Texas Department of State Health Services investigator. After the investigation is complete a report of the investigation will be forwarded to the Board for appropriate action.
Possible disciplinary action includes administrative penalties, disciplinary action against your license, license suspension, or outright revocation of your counseling license. Further, the consequences for your career can be significant as the Board publicizes names and alleged violations on its website for up to seven years.
Hire an Experienced License Defense Attorney
If you have been notified of a complaint filed against you with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the complaint process against licensed counselors. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your license.
Our Firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.
With offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, we serve clients all over the state. As experienced attorneys, well-versed in state and federal laws, we know how to win. Our results speak for themselves!
If you are facing disciplinary action from a professional licensing board, contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.
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