Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy

Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy : Practicing Defensively

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In this litigious age, all psychotherapists must protect themselves against the possibility of legal action; malpractice insurance is insufficient and does not begin to address the complexity and the enormity of this critical problem. In this book, Dr. Lawrence E. Hedges urges clinicians to practice defensively and provides a course of action that equips them to do so. After working with over a hundred psycho-therapists and attorneys who have fought unwarranted legal and ethical complaints from clients, he has made the fruits of his work available to all therapists. In addition to identifying those patients prone to presenting legal problems, Dr. Hedges provides a series of consent forms (included in the book and on the accompanying disk), a compelling rationale for using them, and a means of easily introducing them into clinical practice. This book is a wake-up call, a practical, clinically sound response to a frightening reality, and an absolute necessity for all therapists in practice today.
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  • Mixed media product | 391 pages
  • 223.5 x 285.2 x 38.9mm | 1,415.22g
  • Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
  • Northvale NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0765702908
  • 9780765702906

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Facing the Challenge: Practicing Defensively Chapter 2 Practicing Defensively: Basic Terms and Concepts Chapter 3 Practicing Defensively: Psychotherapy Practice Issues Chapter 4 Practicing Defensively: Complex Treatment Issues Chapter 5 Minding the Mind Business Chapter 6 Therapeutic Hot Spots: Boundaries, Dual Relationships, and Recovered Memories Chapter 7 Linking Infantile Trauma, Terrifying Transferences, and False Accusations Chapter 8 False Accusations and Where They Come From Chapter 9 Defending Against Complaints by State Licensing Boards Chapter 10 Practicing Defensively Chapter 11 Model Forms for Psychotherapy Practice Chapter 12 Informed Consents Chapter 13 Record-Keeping Forms Chapter 14 Supervision and Ongoing Training for Therapists Chapter 15 Disclaimer and List of Attorneys
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About Lawrence E. Hedges

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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