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Legal Self-Defense for Mental Health Practitioners Quality Care and Risk Management Strategies

ISBN-10: 0826195652
ISBN-13: 9780826195654
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 2.266

Preface
Mental Health Practitioners Under Siege
Damages From Complaints
Reconceptualizing Mental Health Services Practice
Conclusion
The Social Psychology of Practitioner Vulnerability: Avoiding Psychological Errors
The Nature and Definition of Psychological Errors
Determination of a Psychological Error
Values, Beliefs, and Biases
Ethical Considerations
Clinical Versus Statistical Judgments
Conclusion
Knowing the Opposition
Redefining Patients and Clients
Social and Cultural Conditions
Abusive Conduct by Service Users
Public Policy, Law, and Professionalism
The Cause of Unequal Treatment for Mental Health Practitioners
Who Will Complain or Pose a Legal Challenge?
Conclusion
A Protective Shield for Professional Services
Individualized Treatment Planning
Avoiding Errors in Clinical Assessment
Maintaining Clinical Records
Ethics-Based Decision Making
Conclusion
The Practice Context
The Sociocultural Context
Quality Care
The Practitioner's Personal Needs
Misleading Reports From Other Mental Health Practitioners
Community Standards
Conclusion
Business Savvy: Structuring and Operating a Mental Health Business
Agency Practice
Independent Practice
Structuring a Mental Health Practice
The Business Mindset
Entrepreneurship
Targeting and Reaching a Viable Market Sector
Adequate Resources
Time Management
Conclusion
Dealing With Attorneys and the Legal System
The Rule of Law
The Professional Culture for Attorneys
Avoiding Alienation of Attorneys
Having Allies
Conclusion
Threatening and Dangerous Service Users
Risk and Threat Assessment
Violence by Mental Health Service Users
Psychological Triggers for Violence
Violence in the Mental Health Services Context
Conclusion
Appropriate Defensiveness
Defensiveness Mindset
Personal Defense Strategies
Defining the Service Context
Interactions With Service Users
Structuring the Office Setup
Conclusion
Avoiding Ethical and Licensing Complaints and Legal Challenges
Professional Self-Concept
Professional Reputation and Office Arrangements
A Protective Practice Framework
Client Management
A "Warrior" Mindset
Conclusion
Epilogue
References
Index

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