• 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.

Supervision and Training
Supervision and training

A clinical arena not often discussed is how to keep records which are to be read by a third party, the supervisor/trainer. The Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Psychologists (1992) indicates that supervisors should delegate work to their supervisees that they can reasonably be expected to perform competently. Also, supervisors are charged with providing proper training and supervision, taking steps to ensure that services are performed responsibly, competently, and ethically.

The client may be aware that an additional clinician is assisting his or her therapist. Is the client also aware that this person is required to read the client's records? What problems might that present? Are supervisors required to read their supervisees’ case records and to cosign supervisees’ case ...

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