Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy: Practicing Defensively

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Jason Aronson, 2007 - Psychology - 266 pages
Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy offers ways for therapists of all persuasions to limit liability while continuing to practice effectively. Dr Hedges demonstrates how therapists can put themselves in a position to defend their practices if ever called on to do so; by developing a series of informed consents covering different situations, by learning how to document ordinary as well as critical incidents, by seeking out peer and expert opinion, and by using community resources as appropriate. Most importantly, Dr. Hedges points out the kinds of clinical and dynamic situations that typically lead to complaints and false accusations against therapists. This updated edition addresses three new major areas of concern--work with minors, child custody evaluations, and compliance with the new federal HIPPA regulations. A freshly revised CD-Rom accompanies the book with 30 forms that can be downloaded and adapted.
 

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Contents

Facing the Challenge Practicing Defensively
1
Practicing Defensively Basic Terms and Concepts
5
Practicing Defensively Psychotherapy Practice Issues
15
Practicing Defensively Complex Treatment Issues
35
Minding the Mind Business
53
Therapeutic Hot Spots Boundaries Dual Relationships and Recovered Memories
63
Linking Infantile Trauma Terrifying Transferences and False Accusations
101
False Accusations and Where They Come From
119
Ethical Risks in Child Custody Where Is the Wizard of Oz When You Need Him?
189
The Two Ewing Cases and Tarasoff1
209
Guidelines for Compliance with Federal HIPAA Laws for Mental Health Practitioners
223
Practicing Defensively
243
Disclaimer and List of Attorneys
247
References
251
Index
257
About the Contributors
265

Defending against Complaints by State Licensing Boards
129
The Highest Risk Cases for Clinicians Who Work with Children HighConflict DivorceCustody Cases
173

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Lawrence E. Hedges, Ph.D., ABPP, is the leader of a thirty-year clinical research project into the origins of human relationships at the Listening Perspectives Study Center in Orange, California. Dr. Hedges travels widely, lecturing and consulting with psychotherapists on their most difficult—to—treat clients. His work on how early childhood trauma impacts the psychotherapeutic relationship has led him to a keen awareness of how the growing consumer complaint and litigational processes that surround the practice of psychotherapy today are threatening to undermine it and to destroy its effectiveness.

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