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(p. 591) Stalking and Online Harassment of the Private Practitioner 

(p. 591) Stalking and Online Harassment of the Private Practitioner
(p. 591) Stalking and Online Harassment of the Private Practitioner

Aaron J. Kivisto

and Hannah M. Paul

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date: 18 January 2020

This chapter examines mental health professionals’ experiences with clients who stalk, threaten, or harass them. The authors review the growing literature on the prevalence of such experiences and link it to the broader literature on typologies of stalking perpetrators. Two conceptual risk management models are described aimed at helping clinicians navigate these challenging scenarios, and the authors review the recent empirical data on risk management responses that were found to be more and less effective. The risk management responses available to many private practitioners are limited relative to clinicians practicing in other settings, increasing the importance of establishing a proactive risk management strategy. Recommendations for the private practitioner emphasize a team approach to provide logistical and emotional support to the targeted clinician for such stalking, threats, and harassment.

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