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Disclaimer & Terms of Use:
By using this site, you signify that you agree with and accept all terms, conditions in this Disclaimer for this site accessed through the domain addresses , and/or any other direct or third party links. If you do not agree, please do not use the site.

No medical, legal or counseling advice: The Site does not provide medical, counseling or legal advice. The Site is intended only for use by consumers in search of general information of interest pertaining to healthcare, physicians and related topics. Content is not intended to replace or serve as substitute for professional consultation or service. Contained observations and opinions should not be misconstrued as specific medical, legal or counseling advice. Base your decisions on the recommendations of your physician or practice counsel.

Ownership: This Site is entirely owned by Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW. While I occasionally invite guest authors, no other sponsors, third-parties, or commercial entities with any vested interest contribute to its content.

No counselor-client or physician - patient relationship: Use of this webite does not constitute the establishment of a counselor-client relationship between Dawn Lipthrott and a user and does not obligate Dawn Lipthrott to follow-up, contact, or accept as a client any users of this Web site. I am a counselor, not a physician, attorney or healthcare professional. If you are experiencing any medical problem or are considering making decisions for your health or practice and are seeking advice, you should base any and all decisions on the judgment and advice of your personal physician or attorney.

Limitations of content: The content of this website is general in nature and not intended or sufficient to dictate what constitutes reasonable, appropriate, or best care in a given situation. Site content does not presume to present an all-inclusive factual discussion of any topic but rather only introductory overviews based on Dawn Lipthrott's or other authors' education, training, experience, and opinions, all of which are subject to limitation and to change at any time. Other people, including healthcare professionals, may have differing opinions.

There is no guarantee that this website will be error-free or omission-free. This site may include contributions with technical inaccuracies, errors, or typographical errors that will be corrected as discovered. Site content is updated periodically at Dawn Lipthrott's sole discretion but is not guaranteed to be up to date with respect to the latest therapeutic information and practices. Dawn Lipthrott reserves the right to update or change information contained in this Web site at any time

Liability: All content is provided "as is" and "as available" without warranties of any kind, express or implied, including accuracy, timeliness, and completeness. In no event shall Dawn Lipthrott or her agents or employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, punitive, consequential or other damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, liability for loss of use, data, or profits, or for personal injury of any sort), that may arise through decision or action of the user -- without regard to the form of any action, including but not limited to contract, negligence or other tortious actions, arising out of or in connection with this website, any content on or accessed by use of the webite, or any copying, display or other use hereof.

Indemnity: You agree to hold Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW, and any employees or agents, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of this Terms of Use.

Not for use in legal actions: Use of the webite by attorneys and their clients in legal actions is strictly prohibited. The webite is not intended for use in legal proceedings of any sort or to help establish a medico-legal standard of care. Contents of the Site should not be deemed sufficient in detail, accuracy, or timeliness to be cited as legal evidence either for or against the opinions, decisions, or actions of any physician, healthcare professional or Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW.

Copyright: As all content on this Site is protected by copyright, any unauthorized use of any such material is in clear violation of copyright, trademark, service mark, intellectual property, and other laws and will subject the unauthorized user of such protected content to legal and financial penalties. Where indicated at the bottom of the page, content on the Site may be copied as long as it contains identifying information as to authorship and copyright. Copies may not be used for financial gain. Otherwise, it is not to be copied in whole or part, modified, reproduced in any manner, publicly displayed or distributed, posted online or in print, used in any recognizable derivative form, or used for any public or commercial purposes without express permission of Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW.

Photographs: Photographs are stockphotos used with permission/rights and do not depict clients. They may not be copied since they are protected by the original creators and distributors. Logos are copyrighted by Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW.

Links: Links to other websites are provided solely as a convenience to our users and do not constitute an endorsement or affiliation. Dawn Lipthrott does not control and is not responsible for any of these sites or their content and makes no guarantees or representations, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness, timeliness or usefulness of any opinions, advice, services or other information contained or referenced in this Web site or any sites linked to or from it.


Privacy Policy :

We understand that the privacy of personal information is very important and is part of the ethical principles guiding clinical social work practice and ethical relationships. I am committed to protecting any information that you may send through e-mail, fax, regular mail or voice mail.

Confidentiality is one of the ethical and legal principles of social work and counseling and we are committed to honoring those principles. However, most states, including Florida where we are located, require disclosure of information that would normally be confidential in certain situations:

Florida Statutes 491.0147-- Confidentiality and privileged communications: Although these requirements are directed to clients, and website visitors are not clients, we will follow the principles of the law to the extent possible with website communications. Confidentiality can be waived when:
a) a person gives permission to share information.
b) there is clear probability of physical harm to the person, to other individuals or groups, or to society.
c) a judge signs an order requiring disclosure
d) when the licensed person (in this case, Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW) is a defendent in any complaint, disciplinary action, civil or criminal action that is filed by the person who has revealed the information.

Website Tracking:
At this time I do not use cookies or other tracking devices for website visitors. Earthlink, which is where I host the site, maintains information about browsers used, where you entered the site, etc. as part of its basic statistics package, but the person cannot be identified. It is designed to give information about website use.

E-Mail/Comments to and from Website: While I do not share e-mail addresses or identities, I cannot guarantee confidentiality of incoming e-mail or my response. It is your responsibility to safeguard any response from our office that you wish to keep confidential. If you use a computer at your place of employment, be aware that many employers monitor e-mail and can access your information from that computer.

Third Parties:
We do not share your information with anyone outside our office.

For any questions about privacy on this website, please contact us.


As always, I welcome your constructive comments and suggestions about the material on this website and how we can all be most effective in co-creating the kind of healthcare system we all want.
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