Continuing Education & Resources for Mental Health Professionals

CONSULTATION

Case-Centered Consultation

This is our most frequent consultation request. You provide the subject matter by asking us to help you consider how to make ethical decisions about a specific case, or how to resolve a specific ethical or ethical/legal dilemma.  This is not a substitute for clinical case consultation, which focuses on clinical issues.  Instead, it focuses on ethical and ethical/legal questions such as:

I have just received a subpoena.  What are my options about how to respond ethically?
I believe my office mate is doing unethical things, but he won’t talk about it.  What should I do?
The parents of my child patient are demanding to see the complete therapy record.  What can I do?
An adolescent has requested therapy without his parents’ knowledge.  What are my options?

Frequently, this type of consultation can be accomplished by telephone (or by email if no patient-identifying information is involved).  But often this type of consultation is best conducted in person.  In that case, we would ordinarily meet at our office in Charlottesville  at 934  East Jefferson Street, and the charge would be the same as by phone  — $50/hour or fraction thereof.  If you prefer to meet in your own office, there would be an additional charge for travel time and mileage.

TO REQUEST CONSULTATION ASSISTANCE ABOUT ETHICS-RELATED ISSUES
IN THESE OR OTHER SITUATIONS, CONTACT:

Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D., Executive Director
434-971-1841
fisher@virginia.edu

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