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Case No. A psychologist is a guest in a weekly radio "call-in" program. Listeners are invited to ask questions.

 

Case No. 4: A psychologist is a guest in a weekly radio "call-in" program. Listeners are invited to ask questions. During a show on treatment of depression, a listener calls with a "question" about someone he knows who seems "down." He reports that this acquaintance has been missing work frequently, seems irritable most of the time, and has made comments about "getting out of the rat-race for good." The psychologist, concerned that the caller may be actually speaking about himself, tells the caller that the friend is clinically depressed, is a likely suicide risk, and should be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible. The psychologist then offers an appointment time in her schedule the following morning if the caller will bring his "friend" to the office for evaluation and referral to a local physician. Has she followed ethical guidelines in handling this situation?

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