Regardless of whether we work in private practice or in a multidisciplinary setting, we are expected to be competent at collaborating with other professionals. This can include those from other mental health disciplines, or from other professions, including prescribing physicians, teachers, attorneys, etc. Why might this raise ethical dilemmas? Can we avoid them, and if not, how can we resolve them?
I. Possibilities for Professional Relationship
Referral; Co-Therapy; Colleague Backup
Consultation; Supervision; Mentoring; Teaching
Support (clinical; ethical; legal; self-care)
Gatekeeper: Confronting/Reporting Unethical Practices
II. Ethical Standards Related to Colleague Relationships
III. Legal Standards Relevant to Colleague Relationships
IV. Practical Issues in Colleague Relationships
Differences in Ethical Standards & Expectations
Potential Competitions that Affect Patient Care
V. Potential Ethical Complications
Informed Consent about Confidentiality
In Shared Cases ( Referrals; Co-Therapy; Separate Family Members)
In Consultation (Individual or Group)
Dual (Professional + Personal) Relationships
Colleague + Friend
Colleague + Patient
Colleague + Therapist
Confrontation of Unethical/Unprofessional Behavior
1. Name some possible ethical complications in multidisciplinary collaboration.
2. Describe how such complications have affected your own multidisciplinary relationships.
3. State ways of avoiding or resolving such complications.