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ERIC Number: ED426316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Procedures in Couple and Family Therapy Documentation: Legal and Risk Management Issues.
Gottlieb, Michael C.
The ethical problems of the therapist who sees couples or families, who are in conflict and who may wind up in legal battles later, are reviewed. Special problems of confidentiality and the therapist's obligations to each and all are discussed. The background of the development of concepts of confidentiality is discussed and applied to the situation of multiple patients. If more than two persons are present, confidentiality cannot be said to exist in a legal sense. Should therapists stop treating couples and families? The paper asserts that systematically based therapies have a unique ability to address relational problems and, in order to do that, must see clients in interaction. Other options, such as seeing only individuals or keeping separate records for individuals are considered; but the loss of important interactional data could be said to create other ethical dilemmas. Guidelines for record keeping are suggested and examples of ways of dealing with legal situations are reported. The therapist's goal is to do what is legally, ethically, and clinically indicated. (EMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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