Post # 1
This case seems a bit weird to me:
and the line seems obvious in this case.
What happens if the same person ends up treating both the victim and abuser coincidently though and realizes it part-way through? Are there professional guidelines for such a situation?
Post # 3
The abuser should have been reported PERIOD
Post # 4
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 # 5
@SarahCF: Thanks for the info!
Post # 6
@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
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
@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
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
@chasesgirl: agreed. What a terrible case. I can’t help but think the psychologist was just helping the abuser cover his tracks.