November 2015

With the long-standing dysfunction of Congress acknowledged by many inside and outside of government, and with no signs of a quick fix, I wonder whether a courageous legislator, or one with a good sense of humor, would think it advisable to introduce legislation or internal rules that would require all members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to obtain a minimum amount of continuing education every two years – just like is required for physicians, lawyers, mental health professionals, and realtors – to name a few. Similar legislation might also be useful for dysfunctional state legislatures. Such legislation might drive home a larger point – excessive regulation!

Think of the many required courses that might prove useful – ethics, conflict resolution, diversity and multicultural training, interpersonal relationship training, etc. What coursework would you recommend? Even though such a bill would stand little or no chance of passage, its introduction might get a laugh or make one or more points.

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Richard Leslie

Richard S. Leslie is an attorney and acknowledged expert on the interrelationship between law and the practice of marriage and family therapy and psychotherapy. Most recently, he was a consultant to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and has written articles regarding legal and ethical issues for their Family Therapy Magazine. Prior to his work with AAMFT, Richard was Legal Counsel to the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) for approximately twenty-two years. While there, he also served as their director of Government Relations and tirelessly advocated for due process and fairness for licensees and applicants.

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