Chapter 8. Identifying the Client

  1. Ronald D. Francis

Published Online: 6 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306514.ch8

Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition

Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition

How to Cite

Francis, R. D. (2009) Identifying the Client, in Ethics for Psychologists, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306514.ch8

Author Information

  1. Monash University, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 7 AUG 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188784

Online ISBN: 9781444306514



  • identifying client;
  • identity of client and behavioural outcomes;
  • diagnostic and treating functions;
  • major issues and guiding principles;
  • psychologist as employee;
  • duties towards clients;
  • when client terminates client status;
  • client status cessation - important for several reasons;
  • aversive therapeutic procedures;
  • little white social lie to blatant perjury while under oath


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Major Issues and Guiding Principles

  • Some Duties Towards Clients

  • When Does a Client Stop Being a Client?

  • When Does a Student Stop Being a Student?

  • Why Family are Never Clients

  • Aversive Therapeutic Procedures

  • ‘Recovered’ Memories

  • Lying

  • Suicide

  • Prescribing Privileges for Psychologists

  • Title of ‘Doctor’

  • Torture

  • Psychologists Have Rights Too