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Malpractice in Psychology A Practical Resource for Clinicians

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ISBN-10: 1433808951

ISBN-13: 9781433808951

Edition: 2011

Authors: David L. Shapiro, Steven R. Smith

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Many mental health practitioners fear malpractice suits. Besides obtaining the appropriate insurance, clinicians should understand the risks of lawsuits and implement risk management strategies to avoid unfounded malpractice claims and decrease the likelihood of being sued successfully. With combined expertise in psychotherapy and law, Shapiro and Smith expertly navigate you through the unfamiliar territories of professional liability, negligence, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, HIPAA, defamation, violence and suicide, and trials and settlements. Through its illustrative case examples and up-to-date discussion of law and ethics, this book will help you enrich and protect your…    
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Book details

List price: $59.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 5/15/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 202
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Should Psychologists Be Concerned About Malpractice?
What Malpractice Really Is
Trends in Malpractice Litigation
Can Psychologists Avoid Malpractice?
Laws That Apply to Malpractice
A Note on Cases
Organization of This Book
Tort Liability Basics
Intentional Torts
Strict Liability
Employee and Agents
Other Forms of Professional Liability
The Vulnerable Client
Is Money Enough?
Tort and Malpractice Reform
Practical Suggestions
Negligence in Professional Practice
The Standard of Care: Duty and the Breach of Duty
Comparative Negligence
Practical Suggestions
The Professional Relationship and Consent
Professional Relationship
Ending the Therapy Relationship and Abandonment
Informed Consent
Practical Suggestions
Confidentiality and Privacy
Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privilege
Legal Protections of Confidentiality
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Exceptions to Confidentiality
Consequences of Breaches of Confidentiality
Practical Suggestions
Negligent Diagnosis and Treatment
Negligent Diagnosis
Employment Testing
Educational Testing
Negligent Treatment
Managed Care
Case Illustrations
Practical Suggestions
Violence and Threats of Violence
The Duty to Protect (or Warn)
Civil Commitment and Liability
Premature Release
Practical Suggestions
Other Areas of Liability in Practice
Sexual Misconduct
Nontraditional Therapies
Civil Rights Liability
Forensic Work
Medicare, Insurance, and Reimbursement
Special Issues in Treating Children and Adolescents
Practical Suggestions
The Trial Process and Privileges
The Process of a Malpractice Case
The Reality of Settlement
The Reality of Insurance
Testimonial Privilege
What Is a Psychologist to Do?
Practical Suggestions
Risk Management Strategies and "Closing Arguments"
Solid Professional Practice
Best of All: Avoiding Claims
Top Ways to Avoid Negligence and Malpractice Claims: A Summation
A Final Note
Table of Authorities
About the Authors