Ethical issues in the psychotherapies /

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Author / Creator:Lakin, Martin
Imprint:New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
Description:ix, 174 p. ; 25 cm.
Subject:Psychotherapy -- Moral and ethical aspects
Ethics, Professional
Professional-Patient Relations
Psychotherapy -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:0195044460 : $27.95
Notes:Includes bibliographies and index.
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In this book, the author confuses treatment issues with ethical issues. Lakin is not alone in so doing, and he quotes numerous sources that commit the same error. Until data exist that specify, with some clarity, what therapies work for what disorders, it is inappropriate even to suggest that one technique should be used for a particular problem. To go further and to suggest that it might be unethical or illegal to use the wrong therapy or technique in a particular situation is not helpful in sorting out the very real ethical and legal dilemmas that confront practicing therapists. However, Lakin's discussion of current legal rulings and legal issues is useful for both the practicing clinician or for advanced readers with an interest in becoming therapists, especially given the litigious society in which we exist. Each act in therapy must be questioned to determine, with our limited wisdom, whether the act(s) are therapeutically sound, ethically right, and legally safe. -M. W. York, University of New Haven

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