8. Professional Ethics and Boundaries
Published Online: 20 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis
How to Cite
Tasman, A., Kay, J. and Ursano, R. J. (2013) Professional Ethics and Boundaries, in The Psychiatric Interview: Evaluation and Diagnosis, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118341001.ch8
- Published Online: 20 MAY 2013
- Published Print: 22 JUL 2013
Print ISBN: 9781119976233
Online ISBN: 9781118341001
- boundary violations;
- ethical behavior;
- professional attitude;
- professional ethics;
- psychiatric patients
This chapter reviews the ability to sustain a professional attitude and to practice within a set of coherent boundaries forms the foundation of proper psychiatric treatment, regardless of theoretic orientation or treatment modality. An understanding of psychiatric ethics plays a vital role in the psychiatrist's ability to keep proper boundaries because these values provide a stable beacon in the cognitively perplexing fog that so often pervades the treatment situation. The ethical and boundary issues are designed to stimulate a better understanding of an extremely thorny topic rather than to provide an exhaustive compendium. The chapter summarizes selected indicators of potential boundary violations, along with remedial responses clinicians might employ to deal with these situations that some psychiatrists may encounter in keeping boundaries derived from many sources.