• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This concise volume examines exactly what is involved in keeping adequate clinical records of individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy. The authors discuss: limits of confidentiality; retention and disposing of records; documentation of safety issues; client access to records; treatment of minors; and training and supervision issues. Throughout the book, legal cases, vignettes and professional commentary help readers to consider legal and ethical issues.

Conclusions and Frequently Asked Questions
Conclusions and frequently asked questions
Keeping Good Records

Good record keeping by you can be of value in facilitating treatment, improving psychotherapy skills, and managing your practice. In the event you are sued, carefully maintaining client records may mean the difference between a legal judgment for or against you as a service provider. If you have sloppy or sparse records, you are likely to appear unprofessional, uncaring, or deceptive. By maintaining complete records, you will appear competent. Also, your judgment is evaluated by the courts retrospectively. Thus, your records need to show that you made reasonable judgments based on the information available at the time. Record keeping need not be time consuming or cumbersome. However, it needs to show evidence that you ...

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