The Legal Aspects of Professional Psychology Term Paper by scribbler

A review of the legal issues facing the mental health professional.
# 152356 | 1,558 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2013 in Law (General) , Psychology (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper is a brief examination of the legal aspects of the psychology professional, including the professional's responsibility to the patient and to the other professionals with whom they work. The paper addresses issues of confidentiality, informed consent and medical competence in mental health care, and discusses the serious ramifications of incompetent practice that involve potential for loss of license or certification. This paper argues that these consequences are the right steps to take in order to maintain the industry standards that patients can trust and access with confidence.

The Relationship between Professional Colleagues
Informed Consent and Confidentiality - Slippery Slopes

From the Paper:

"Professional psychology is a rewarding profession. Professional psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, clinicians, and mental health nursing and technical professionals all participate in the clinical team and delivery of services to adults, children, and adolescents whose lives, and the lives of their families, have been sidetracked by mental health illnesses. Often times, the nature of the patient's illness requires that the team and the patient work together for long periods of time, even years. As the patient begins to benefit from therapy, the proper medications, and counseling, the professional is able to observe improvements in the patient's condition, and in the lives of the patient's family. But these improvements in the patient's condition often reflect fragile relationships of trust and confidentiality between the patient and the professionals who work with the patient. The burden of keeping the relationship between the mental health professional, the patient, and the professional colleagues rests with the professionals.
"The relationships that develop between the professional and the patient are one that must be protected, and the patient must be protected to ensure that the vulnerable circumstances of their mental healthcare needs does not need to exploitation of them. The professionals must protect themselves by ensuring they work and conduct themselves according to their professional codes of ethics, and in accordance with the state, local, and federal rules of regulations that govern their profession in their private practices, and in the hospital setting."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beinart, Helen, Kennedy, Paul, and Llewelyn, Susan (2009). Clinical Psychology in Practice. New York, NY: Wiley Publishers.
  • Ford, Gary George, (2006). Ethical Reasoning for Mental Health Professionals. New York, NY: Sage Publishing.
  • Koocher, Gerald and Keith-Spiegel, Patricia, (2007). Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Profession: Standards and Cases. UK, Oxford University.
  • Lake, James (2006). Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care. Thieme.

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