Psychology professionals work with many different people and problems. The issues of confidentiality, release of information under HIPAA, therapy notes, and dual relationships become even more important in a clinic setting. One of the more important issues addressed in the Code is the issue of sexual intimacy during or after therapy. We are going to use the following case study to explore the subject
John is a new client coming in for therapy today. In meeting with John during your intake, you find out that he was seen for six months by another professional in the same community as your practice. As part of the intake process, you ask John if he was unhappy with the services that he received or why he decided to see a new psychologist.
John, who is very open, tells you that he was seeing a female therapist. During the course of therapy, they decided that they were both attracted to each other. John indicates that he knows he still has a few issues to work on because his therapist (now girlfriend) has told him so. John stated that he stopped therapy last week and would like to continue his work with you.
What ethical standards have been broken? Is this information worthy of reporting? Why or why not? How would you approach dealing with the conflicts you have identified? Be specific and list the steps you would you take in order to do so. Also, how might you handle this issue with regard to your therapeutic relationship with John?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 7:37 am ad1c9bdddf
When it comes to John's history as a client/patient under therapy, there are some serious ethical violations on the part of his previous therapist, now partner, as implied through his statement.
In accordance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct manual, under section 3.02 (Sexual Harassment) psychologists are not allowed to engage in any form of advances towards their patient (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 5). Under section 3.08 (Exploitive Relationships) psychologists are neither allowed to engage in, nor exploit, relationships of any nature, which also seems to be the case for John as he ...
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Ethical Practice: Technology in Forensic Psychology
The last 50 years has seen significant technological advances which affect our everyday lives. These advances extend to various fields of professional practice including forensic psychology. Mobile communication such as cell phone calls, texting, instant messaging, and even social network pages, allow for forensic psychology professionals to be accessible at all times if they choose. Likewise client expectation that treatment professionals are at their beck and call, may be one consequence of integrating the use of technology in forensic settings. Professionals in forensic psychology adapt to changing technologies as with any new tool that they may shape their profession. Using technology as an instrument to deliver services in forensic psychology may unintentionally influence how ethical codes and guidelines are implemented. As you think about technological advances, consider how ethics in forensic psychology may be impacted
description of the ethical issue related the use of technology you selected. Then explain the impact of the use of technology related to providing ethical treatment in forensic settings.View Full Posting Details