This is “preventive” consultation rather than “crisis” consultation. Many ethical and ethical-legal dilemmas can be avoided if we engage in careful advance planning. This type of consultation is offered toward that goal.
The issue you present may be real or hypothetical, broad or specific. For example, you might request consultation by raising ethical and ethical/legal questions such as:
What should I do if I ever receive a subpoena for patient records?
What am I ethically required to tell patients at the intake interview?
Must I give patients a written statement about the limits of confidentiality?
Can someone please review my intake forms to see whether they are complete enough?
Do I have options when Virginia law requires me to report something?
What are the appropriate boundaries about out-of-office contacts?
What are my ethical obligations if I decide to retire or close my practice?
This type of consultation can easily be accomplished by telephone.
TO SCHEDULE CONSULTATION ASSISTANCE WITH DR. FISHER
ABOUT ETHICS-RELATED ISSUES IN THESE OR OTHER SITUATIONS, CONTACT:
Laura Skauge, Managing Director