The Clinical Impact of Disproven Public Assault Allegations on Clinicians and Clients
When a client discloses allegations of abuse to the clinician there can be a complex situation. The clinician is not a judge and jury. Treatment is confidential and private. However, disclosures bring in the world outside the consulting room which the client and clinician share. When newspapers and television focus on an allegation, similar to the client’s, which is disproved in court there can be a major detrimental clinical impact on the treatment. Using a British example to illustrate this problem, the presentation will examine the clinical consequences of media involvement in the consulting room.
This session was originally presented as a live webinar in October 2020.
Upon completion of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Describe and manage the impact of disproven public assault allegations on their clinical judgement
- Describe and manage the impact of disproven public assault allegations on their clients
- Evaluate the differential clinical impact between private disclosure and public disclosure in the context of potential legal minefields
Presenter: Valerie Sinason, PhD
Presenter Biography: Dr Sinason is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She founded the Clinic for Dissociative Studies (where she is now Patron) and was Consultant at the Tavistock Clinic, In London and Consultant Psychoanalyst at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic. She has published over 15 books and 200 papers and chapters
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