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(p. 429) Common Ethical Transgressions by Private Practitioners 

(p. 429) Common Ethical Transgressions by Private Practitioners
(p. 429) Common Ethical Transgressions by Private Practitioners

Gerald P. Koocher

and Rachael L. Suffrin

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date: 14 July 2020

Most ethical transgressions by private practitioners arise from errors rather than bad intentions. Such slips often occur when the clinician attempts to take unwise shortcuts, lacks awareness, or shows lapses in judgment. This chapter explores the most common triggers of ethical breaches among practitioners and suggests preventive strategies. Common problems include failure to maintain competence in evidence-based practice or in serving diverse populations. Other important issues include risky business practices, challenges associated with newer technologies such as telepractice, recordkeeping, billing, professional isolation, and role slippage. Suggestions are offered to promote ethical practice and reduce the risk of adverse incidents.

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