Ethics of Psychotherapy

Topics: Psychology, Divorce, Mother / Pages: 2 (501 words) / Published: Sep 28th, 2014
After reading the article I thought about what if I were the psychologist and what would I have done in that situation. As a psychologist treating a minor child whom parents have just divorced and he/she is currently suffering from depression and cutting him/herself. The father is the custodial parent and was the one to give consent for treatment for the child. The mother wants to be involved in the child’s treatment but the father doesn’t want her involved because he says she is a drinker that’s why he divorced her. So instead of going off of my own feelings and thoughts on why I think the mother should be involved in some kind of way in the child’s treatments whether it makes a positive impact or negative, I would then review the Ethical of Principles of Psychologists and Code of conduct and review the standards. The (American Psychological Association, 2010) states that the psychologist must clarify every individual involved relationship. With that being said I would contact the father who is the custodial parent and explain to him even though he does not want the mother involved she legally has the right to know the treatment her child is receiving and may have some information.
I want both parents custodial and non -custodial too understand that the most important thing right now is what will be the best interest for the child. Do whatever it takes to make the child have a healthier life. As a psychologist you have to make some challenging decisions, I would have to ask myself would it be good to have both parents involved with the treatment with the minor child. Would this make the child’s behavior better or worse? Would the father agree to allow the mother to be involved in the treatment, would he understand that it may be a possibility with the mothers insight it might help the child?
I would have my session with the child and try to see what I can get out of them, their thoughts on the divorce, how do they feel about their parents, and why do they feel

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