Red flags in psychotherapy : stories of ethics complaints and resolutions

TitleRed flags in psychotherapy : stories of ethics complaints and resolutions
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsKeith-Spiegel, P
Paginationxvi, 243 pages
Place PublishedNew York, NY
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN NumberISBN: 9780415833387 (hardcover : alk. paper) 0415833388 (hardcover : alk. paper) 9780415833394 (pbk. : alk. paper) 0415833396 (p
Accession Number833918673
Call NumberLC: RC455.2.E8; Dewey: 174.2/9689; NLM: 2013 K-360; WM 420
Keywordsethics , PROFESSIONAL ethics , Professional-Patient , Professional. , PSYCHOLOGY , Psychotherapists , psychotherapy , Therapist
AbstractThis book delves into risks that can easily bedevil any psychotherapist and what can happen if they are ignored. Dramatic storytelling, based on actual incidents from the author's experiences as a member of ethics committees and as an ethics teacher and consultant, explores actions prompting clients to issue formal complaints. Set in the context of an ethics committee meeting over the course of a weekend, twelve psychologists face their peers who will stand in judgment. Issues include the fallout from losing one's temper with a difficult client, a personal disclosure gone terribly wrong, a bartering arrangement that literally falls apart, a private life revealed in a most public way, a vengeful act that sullies the reputation of an entire department, breaking confidentiality when a client threatened harm, and the slippery slope to sexual exploitation. The stories are absorbing, enlightening, sometimes shocking, and often stranger than fiction. Narrative nonfiction puts human faces and emotions on what would otherwise be cursory statistics. What led to the formal complaint from both the vantage point of the complainant and the psychologist offers insights not otherwise available unless the dynamics of their private lives leading up to the conflict are revealed. An author's commentary and discussion questions follow every story. Both new and seasoned practitioners, as well as those still in training, will find this to be an invaluable resource.
Notes23 cmPreface : how and why the stories came to be -- Introduction : self-deception and red flags -- Sammy meets the wolf : meet the characters who will decide the cases -- I'm not your monkey : loss of control with a difficult client -- Junk yard therapy : self-delusion and exploitation -- Rats! : warring colleagues -- The John : a predator at work and play -- The raid on Hollywood Boulevard : the professional role vs. the right to a private life -- Kill the boss : when clients threaten physical harm -- Broken : Bartering gone bad -- Baby steps off a cliff : the slippery slope to sexual exploitation -- Car crash : a simple disclosure with unforeseen consequences -- Mad FAX : what not to do when clients don't pay -- The star catcher : the undoing of a troubled psychotherapist -- Vampire : Countertransference exploding -- Epilogue : a transformed Dr. Halsey goes home.Includes bibliographical references and index.Patricia Keith-Spiegel.Book
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