Attorneys Barton Bernstein and Thomas Hartsell set out to provide a quick and ready reference to legal and ethical issues faced by mental health professionals of all disciplines. They secondarily hope that their book will serve as a resource for mental health consumers. Although part of the subtitle, "An A–Z Guide," conjures up a reference in which the reader could readily locate a topic alphabetically, the authors instead divide the book along more traditional lines into nine general topical areas: Clinical Records, Confidentiality, Contracts, Fees, Forensic Issues, Practice Models, Malpractice, Managed Care, and Teamwork. Each of these general topic areas is further subdivided into specific topics, which make up the book’s 32 separate chapters. Nearly every chapter opens with one or more interesting vignettes serving as affectively charged, thought-provoking introductions to the material. In each chapter, margin notes provide highlights of the text. At the end of nearly all the chapters, a "Legal Lightbulb" section lists the chapter’s important points.