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(p. 375) Professional Ethics in a Legal Context 

(p. 375) Professional Ethics in a Legal Context
(p. 375) Professional Ethics in a Legal Context

Paul C. Berman

, and Katherine W. Killeen

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date: 25 October 2020

This chapter discusses essential ethical issues for therapists who provide mental health services in a legal context. The application of ethical concepts in general clinical cases may change when the litigation context or the expectations of attorneys and the court enter the mix. Conversely, clinicians may need to educate legal professionals about mental health professional obligations that transcend context. Failure to navigate these issues may lead to disruption of therapy, failed treatment, harm to the family, and legal or ethical problems for clinicians. Guided by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapy and other professional guidelines, this chapter highlights considerations for delivering ethically sound therapies for children and families involved in the courts.

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