ERIC Number: ED403533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Avoiding Counselor Malpractice. ACA Legal Series, Volume 12.
Crawford, Robert L.
The possibility of lawsuits is a general condition of citizenship; potential lawsuits based on allegations of malpractice is a routine part of professional practice. This monograph provides a guide for taking some reasonable precautions to avoid malpractice suits. The text provides an outline that counselors may use in developing a legal and ethical quality assurance plan for their counseling practice. Such a plan also provides routines for responding to legal or ethical complaints. The volume tries to teach professionals how to find solutions rather than provide answers. The first chapter describes the legal and ethical standards in terms of their sources, purposes, sanctions, and methods of change so that readers can understand both the nature of the standards themselves and the importance of taking appropriate action. The next chapter describes the dimensions and scope of malpractice. Subsequent chapters address concepts and procedures to help avoid malpractice, including understanding how to determine a reasonable standard of care and other concerns. Three of the chapters discuss the legal and ethical issues which may arise if a malpractice suit is brought. Final sections contain frequently asked questions, guidelines for practice, discussion questions, and a six annotated suggested readings. (RJM)
Descriptors: Civil Law, Clinical Psychology, Compliance (Legal), Counseling, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselors, Court Litigation, Ethics, Federal Regulation, Laws, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Malpractice
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($27.95, order no. 72312).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.