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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.
There are many legal issues that exist in clinical psychology. Two of these legal issues are maintaining confidentiality and getting written consent to treat. A clinical psychologist is required by law to obtain the patients written consent before treating them or before any…show more content… It is also unethical for the psychologist to discontinue therapy in order to have such relations nor should such relations occur for two years after services are discontinued (Alexander, 2010). Another ethical issue is competence. A clinical psychologist must provide services for the area that he or she is specialized in. The psychologist must also maintain competence in whichever area they specialize. This means that the psychologist must stay up to date in their field and have appropriate training, skills, and continuing education (Plante, 2011). A clinical psychologist can face an ethical but illegal situation if they refuse to disclose information to authorities about a minor patient they suspect or that has revealed they have been abused in any way. Not reporting child abuse would be illegal, however the psychologist may believe it is ethical not to breach confidentiality.
3. Define professional boundaries, boundary crossings, and boundary violations. What effects do boundaries have on the therapeutic relationship? Boundaries are something that indicates limits (“Dictionary.com”, 2015). Professional boundaries are boundaries that are set up between co-workers or between a professional and a client. A professional boundary is a guideline that tells the professional how to act appropriately (Plante, 2011). Boundary crossing is when classical therapy activity is deviated