Legal Aspects of Professional Psychology Essay

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Legal Aspects of Professional Psychology George T. Jackson, University of Phoenix Psych 545 Survey of Professional Psychology Dr. Christi Moore, Facilitator

Legal Aspects of Professional Psychology There are many areas of professional psychology that are protected, and governed by legal aspects. It is these legal aspects that help to keep every psychologist/therapist working on an honest and even plane, as he or she can provider each client the courtesy, respect, safety, and well being which he or she deserves and expects when entering a professional relationship with a highly
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The Importance of Maintaining Confidentiality Confidentiality is a legal, moral, and an ethical obligation that every professional has to keep all information that has been shared with him or her in confidence. In regard to psychology every psychological professional needs to know and understand that trust is the basis for every successful relationship. In fact if the client believes that he or she cannot trust his or her psychologist to keep all of the intimate information that has been revealed in a confidential setting confidential there is no relationship. According to Shultz (2009), most therapists, whatever his or her area of discipline, agrees that breaking confidentiality creates significant problems for the therapist and the client. It can destroy the therapeutic relationship and he or she stands the risk a malpractice suit. Schultz (2009) also states that confidentiality is so critical according to some theorist, that psychotherapy would be worthless without it. Just as the client believes that he or she must be able to trust his or her psychologist, the psychologist must also believe that he or she can trust his or her client to maintain a level of commitment to the therapeutic process. In other words the client must show that he or she trust that the psychologist has his or her best interest at heart, and that he or
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