Malpractice Case Study

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a.Define what malpractice is. Malpractice is failing to meet the standard of care listed in the APA Code of Ethics (Fisher,2017). Malpractice can cause injury to a client which is direct violation of ethical code 3.04 Avoiding Harm. Examples of malpractice include abandonment of a client, failing to follow the medical model, and practicing techniques without the proper training (Caudill,n.d). b. Using the assigned readings, describe the areas that are more likely to lead to malpractice and how psychologists can avoid or minimize their liability risk in these different areas. Some areas that are more likely to lead to malpractice include: client/patient suicidality, inappropriate or excessive self disclosure, therapists using treatment techniques …show more content…

Lightfoot’s ethical alternatives for resolving this dilemma? Which alternative best reflects the Ethics Code aspirational principles and enforceable standards, legal standards, and obligations to stakeholders? Can you identify the ethical theory guiding your decision? Dr.Lightfoot ethical alternatives for resolving this case are accepting Allison as a client or declining Allison as a client. The best alternative is to decline Allison as a client but refer her to another psychologist because of the possible dual relationship. Utilitarian theory guided me in my decision. 7.What steps should Dr. Lightfoot take to implement his ethical decision and monitor its effect? Dr. Lightfoot should ask Allison to come in so he can speak to her. One Allison come in and he realizes that she is an actual person. He should allow her to know that he cannot see her for ethical reasons and then he should refer her out. Dr. Lightfoot also has to ensure that the psychologist that he refers her to is open and competent. Texas stance on this type of case is that Dr. Lightfoot cannot see Allison. 465.13. Personal Problems, Conflicts and Dual Relationships of Texas state law apply to this case. APA also does not allow this, 3.05 Multiple Relationships of the ethics code prohibits the

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  • Opines that mental health professionals should follow the medical model to avoid malpractice, such as client/patient suicidality, inappropriate or excessive self disclosure, and being sexually active with clients.
  • Opines that psychologists should keep all contact inside of the office to avoid malpractice and decrease risk. they should use common sense to help them make a sound judgement.
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