March 30, 2024 In Uncategorized

Fabian Hoffner represents Psychologists in licensing/discipline actions before the Minnesota Board of Psychology.

Fabian Hoffner provides specialized legal representation for psychologists facing disciplinary actions, including license suspension before the Minnesota Board of Psychology. This document outlines the process and considerations involved in defending professionals in such proceedings, ensuring that their rights are protected and the best possible outcomes are achieved.

Understanding the Disciplinary Process

The Minnesota Board of Psychology oversees the licensure and regulation of psychologists in the state, ensuring that practitioners adhere to established professional standards and ethical guidelines. When a psychologist is alleged to have violated these standards, the Board may initiate a disciplinary process that can lead to sanctions, including license suspension.

Grounds for Discipline

Disciplinary actions can be initiated for various reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • Professional misconduct
  • Ethical violations
  • Incompetence or negligence in professional practice
  • Conviction of a crime relevant to professional practice
  • Substance abuse affecting professional duties

The Disciplinary Process

  1. Complaint and Investigation: The process typically begins with a complaint filed against the psychologist. The Board then conducts a preliminary investigation to determine the validity of the complaint.
  2. Formal Charges: If evidence supports the complaint, formal charges may be issued, and the psychologist will be notified and given the opportunity to respond.
  3. Pre-Hearing Conference: A pre-hearing conference may be held to discuss the charges, evidence, and possible resolutions without proceeding to a formal hearing.
  4. Formal Hearing: If unresolved, the case moves to a formal hearing before the Board or an administrative law judge. Both sides can present evidence, call witnesses, and make arguments.
  5. Board Decision: After the hearing, the Board deliberates and issues a decision, which may include disciplinary actions such as reprimand, probation, or license suspension.
  6. Appeal Process: The psychologist has the right to appeal the Board’s decision, seeking a review of the decision and the disciplinary actions imposed.

Fabian Hoffner’s Role in Representation

As a legal representative, Fabian Hoffner assists psychologists throughout the disciplinary process by:

  • Providing legal advice and guidance on responding to complaints and formal charges
  • Assisting in the preparation of defense strategies and the gathering of supporting evidence
  • Representing the psychologist at pre-hearing conferences, formal hearings, and appeal proceedings
  • Negotiating with the Board for fair resolutions and mitigating potential disciplinary actions


Facing disciplinary action from the Minnesota Board of Psychology can have significant implications for a psychologist’s professional practice and reputation. With Fabian Hoffner’s expertise in legal representation, psychologists can navigate the disciplinary process more effectively, ensuring their rights are upheld and working towards the most favorable outcomes. It is crucial for psychologists to seek professional legal assistance promptly to protect their interests and maintain their ability to serve their clients.

If you have been contacted by the Minnesota Board of Psychology relating to a disciplinary or licensing action, contact Fabian Hoffner for a free consultation at 612-839-5783 or through this website.