Dr. Lawrence E. Hedges updates his ground breaking first edition with special articles on the pressing issues of working with minors and child custody evaluations, and provides critical information regarding compliance with new HIPPA regulations. In this book he urges clinicians to practice defensively and provides a course of action that equips them to do so. After working with over a hundred psycho-therapists and attorneys who have fought unwarranted legal and ethical complaints from clients, he has made the fruits of his work available to all therapists. This book is a wake-up call, a practical, clinically sound response to a frightening reality, and an absolute necessity for all therapists in practice today.
Lawrence E. Hedges, Ph.D., ABPP, is the leader of a thirty-year clinical research project into the origins of human relationships at the Listening Perspectives Study Center in Orange, California. Dr. Hedges travels widely, lecturing and consulting with psychotherapists on their most difficult-to-treat clients. His work on how early childhood trauma impacts the psychotherapeutic relationship has led him to a keen awareness of how the growing consumer complaint and litigational processes that surround the practice of psychotherapy today are threatening to undermine it and to destroy its effectiveness.
Chapter 1 Facing the Challenge: Practicing Defensively Chapter 2 Practicing Defensively: Basic Terms and Concepts Chapter 3 Practicing Defensively: Psychotherapy Practice Issues Chapter 4 Practicing Defensively: Complex Treatment Issues Chapter 5 Minding the Mind Business Chapter 6 Therapeutic Hot Spots: Boundaries, Dual Relationships, and Recovered Memories Chapter 7 Linking Infantile Trauma, Terrifying Transferences, and False Accusations Chapter 8 False Accusations and Where They Come From Chapter 9 Defending Against Complaints by State Licensing Boards Chapter 10 Practicing Defensively Chapter 11 The Highest Risk Cases for Clinicians Who Work With Children: High-Conflict Divorce/Custody Cases Chapter 12 Ethical Risks in Child Custody: Where is the Wizard of Oz When You Need Him? Chapter 13 Achieving HIPPA Compliance Chapter 14 Model Forms for Psychotherapy Practice Chapter 15 Informed Consents Chapter 16 Record-Keeping Forms Chapter 17 Supervision and Ongoing Training for Therapists Chapter 18 Disclaimer and List of Attorneys