*** Trigger Warning: SA *** Treating the victim and abuser

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: I think they should
    keep treating both people : (3 votes)
    19 %
    treat one, refer the other to someone else - which is which depends on the situation : (5 votes)
    31 %
    treat the victim, refer the abuser : (2 votes)
    13 %
    treat the abuser, refer the victim : (0 votes)
    stop treating both and give both a referral : (6 votes)
    38 %
    other? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    The abuser should have been reported PERIOD

    Post # 4
    Member
    559 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    There is generally professional protocol for this. In my profession and in my state, I would have to withdraw my professional services with one or both of them and depending on my job I would be obligated to report the abuser.

    Post # 6
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    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @AB Bride:  If both victims went to the psychologist separately and after treating them for several months figured it out, I think they COULD continue to treat both people if it was in their best interest.

    If it was possible to refer one of them to a new therapist without disrupting their treatment, I think this would be the BEST course of action, however, the break in treatment may be very detrimental to both parties.

    In the case of this article, I think they should have sent the student elsewhere. I didn’t finisht he whole article, but if the therapist didn’t report the abuse immediately, they should be punished as that is required by law.

    Post # 7
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    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @SarahCF:  +1

    In my state we would not be able to have the same psychologist/therapist treating the abuser and victim if we were aware that that was the case. It is a HUGE conflict of interest. Also, in my state counselors are mandated reporters so the abuse would need to be reported in the victim was under 18 (or over a certain age for elder abuse). 

    Post # 8
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    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    @SarahCF:  Same in the UK, although you would only have to report the abuser if there was a high chance that they would do it again. Your data with the abuser is priviliged otherwise.

    You could definitely encourage the victim to report the abuser, however, and then ask the police to get a court order so that you could hand over the abuser’s file to them.

    Post # 9
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    5544 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I know as a nurse we have a duty to report suspected abuse, I am sure for psychologists have a similar duty. I also believe the psychcologst should have not counseled them both. Mostly i want to know why this is just coming out if it happend in 2004 and the  abuser was paying for the victim’s sessions with their personal prof too??.

    Post # 10
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @chasesgirl:  agreed. What a terrible case. I can’t help but think the psychologist was just helping the abuser cover his tracks. 

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