Friday, 13 March 2015

Counselling Mistakes That Lead to Legal Problems

Counselling is an intensely private field of work, one that is not error free. Below are some common transgressions that often lead to legal consequences:

Using techniques without intensive training. Some therapists practice a technique even if they are not thoroughly trained in its methodology. This often leads to skewed results since the therapist’s knowledge on how to conduct the technique is not what can be considered in depth. Experts remind practitioners to focus on their expertise and invest in a comprehensive training to broaden your skill sets.

Inappropriate self-disclosure. The use of empathy is a very effective way to help the patient open up, but the application of this technique should be selective. Revealing too much about yourself thins the professional boundary you’re supposed to set. Always weigh whether the information you’re about to share is relevant.

Entering into business relationships with patients. Most ventures of this sort fail, and the therapist often has to bear the burden of proving that no conflict of interest exists. Regardless of how promising a business opportunity may appear, a therapist should weigh whether it’s worth the potential career loss.

To ensure you don’t get sued, have a written contract with your client. In addition, consult with experts on what you should outline in the contract.

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