4. Ethical and Legal Aspects of Private Practice

  1. Chris E. Stout
  1. Scott Hammer and
  2. Kenneth H. Kessler

Published Online: 24 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch4

Getting Better at Private Practice

Getting Better at Private Practice

How to Cite

Hammer, S. and Kessler, K. H. (2012) Ethical and Legal Aspects of Private Practice, in Getting Better at Private Practice (ed C. E. Stout), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470903988

Online ISBN: 9781118089972

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Keywords:

  • ethics;
  • professional practice;
  • risk management;
  • mental health professionals;
  • licensing board complaint;
  • ethics committee complaint;
  • mental health law

Summary

Written by an attorney who focuses his practice on representing mental health practitioners, and a clinical psychologist who specializes in ethics and professional practice issues, this chapter will outline a number of situations that commonly lead to adverse actions being taken against mental health professionals. Adverse actions can include complaints to state and national professional association ethics committees, complaints to the state licensing boards, lawsuits, and, in rare cases, criminal charges. Strategies the mental health practitioner can utilize to manage risk, and therefore lessen the likelihood of complaints, will be discussed. Suggestions for handling adverse actions, should they be levied against the practitioner, will be included.