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Author Shapiro, David L

Title Malpractice in psychology : a practical resource for clinicians / David L. Shapiro and Steven R. Smith
Edition 1st ed
Published Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, ©2011


Description 1 online resource (xii, 202 pages)
Contents Tort liability basics -- Negligence in professional practice -- The professional relationship and consent -- Confidentiality and privacy -- Negligent diagnosis and treatment -- Violence and threats of violence -- Other areas of liability in practice -- The trial process and privileges -- Risk management strategies and "closing arguments."
Summary "The purpose of this book is to help psychologists understand the legal bases of liability and the reality of malpractice, and to help them take reasonable steps to limit the risk of malpractice claims. We first deal with the theory and general legal principles of malpractice and then translate those principles into practical ways of avoiding the risk and the unnecessary concerns about professional liability. In the first two chapters, we provide an overview of the law of professional liability, in particular negligence. The next several chapters deal with professional liability and informed consent, confidentiality, diagnosis and treatment, and violence. In a separate chapter, we consider a variety of other areas of practice that give rise to liability. In the last two chapters, we review the trial process and risk management strategies. Because avoiding claims and liability is a focus of this book, most chapters include practical suggestions to assist psychologists in that goal. Malpractice claims are a risk of professional practice. This is a risk, however, that psychologists can manage and minimize"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Psychologists -- Malpractice -- United States
Psychotherapists -- Malpractice -- United States
Liability, Legal
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
PSYCHOLOGY / Practice Management
Psychologists -- Malpractice
Psychotherapists -- Malpractice
United States
Form Electronic book
Author Smith, Steven R., 1946-
ISBN 9781433808968