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The Practice of Clinical Psychology Worksheet
Answer the following questions. Your response to each question must be at least 150 words in length.
.1 What are at least two legal issues associated with clinical psychology? Provide an example of a situation that could be legal but unethical. Explain your response.
The first legal issue associated with clinical psychology is confidentiality. Whenever a patient seeks help, everything that is said in the sessions must be held confidential and the patient is encouraged to speak freely. There are times when confidentiality becomes unethical and that is if and when the patient talks about issues that may cause harm or being a serious threat to themselves or someone else. An example of this would be if a patient talks about committing suicide or mentions for example child abuse.
The second legal issue associated with clinical psychology is those of dual relationships. Dual relationships do happen, however psychologists should avoid them at all costs so that the relationship between patient and doctor does not get compromised. Professional boundaries should not be crossed. While it may be appropriate to engage in relationships with others in certain professionals, psychologists must avoid those relationships for ethical reasons. For example, if a psychologist meets a client to treat disorders, it must be for that reason only and not for relationship reasons such as in pursuit of a romantic relationship. An example of when a situation could be legal but unethical is a dual relationship when a psychologist is helping a client with a disorder and hangs out with that person outside of the business such as to be friends with the person.
.2 What are at least two ethical issues associated with clinical psychology? Provide an example of a situation that could be ethical but illegal. Explain your response.
A major ethical issue associated with clinical psychology is...
References: Zur, O (2013). Dual Relationships, Multiple Relationships, Boundaries, Boundary Crossings & Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy, Counseling & Mental Health. Zur Institute. Retrieved from: http://www.zurinstitute.com/dualrelationships.html
Plante, T. G. (2011). Contemporary clinical psychology. (3rd. ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons
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