Clinical Methods Final

Clinical Methods Final - 1. Invent two possible ethical...

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1. Invent two possible ethical dilemmas in treating patients, one related to dual relationships (e.g., being both a therapist and a neighbor, relative, boss) and the other to confidentiality. Discuss the issues that are relevant – you can provide what you would do, but it is not necessary. Rather, demonstrate your understanding of the concerns. Scenario 1: Dual Relationship. I am an adolescent psychologists who was recently hired by the board of education in my town to work with adolescents from my school district. I have been seeing Maya a 16 year old girl, for 4 months and she has recently transferred to my son’s high school. She was refered to me due to evidence that she was cutting herself. She has revealed to me that she has partaken in moderate alcohol and drug use, and had recently terminated a pregnancy. These problems seem to stem from her parents recent divorce. Her father has totally distance himself and her mother no longer pays any attention to her because she is working 2 full time jobs as well as actively dating. Even though she has these issues she gets very good grades and has been placed in all the advanced classes along with my son. I was recently introduced to my sons girlfriend and to my surprise it was Maya. This scenario creates many dilemmas. The dual relationship is that of both the therapists and the mother-in-law. My first dilemma is to whether or not acknowledge that I am treating Maya and if I should continue treating her, because
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patient-therapist boundaries have been crossed. As psychologists we need to establish a relationship of trust. How could she trust that I would not reveal There is a conflict of interest between having Maya create a healthy loving relationship and protecting my son from a self-destructive girl who can influence him to take the wrong path. Objectivity is impaired because my loyalty would be torn between that of a therapist and of a mother. I also have intimate knowledge of Maya’s life, that she may not want to reveal (like the previous abortion) which would put me in a position were I could exploit or harm her. Also when the relationship if discussed in a therapeutic setting, I would be biased because I would have prior knowledge of any conflicts that exist. For example, if Maya and my son have a fight because according to my son she is excessively and my son is excessively flirtatious, it would hinder my ability to be objective and empathetic with my client. As a therapist I would not be able to continue therapy with Maya. I don’t believe our relationship as therapist/mother-in-law would be conducive to her healing and I would better serve her as a mother-in-law who is a therapist. Scenario 2: Confidentiality I am therapist in a small town, where the population’s primary source of income one major manufacturing plant, and I have been hired by the plant to treat
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their employees. I was referred to Oscar, a 18 year-old worker, who had normally been a good and reliable worker has been having issues with absences, tardiness
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