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At an  inpatient residential treatment facility, a depressed client unrelentingly begs  the attending consultant for a weekend discharge pass. While begging for the  pass, the client states, “You remind me so much of my brother, he was always  such an easy going, kind person. Whatever you decide is fine, I trust my  brother so much to make wise decisions. You are so much like him so I trust you  will make the right decision.” The consultant finally agrees and allows the  patient to be discharged. The consultant was aware that the client had  attempted suicide two times in the past. The consultant did not take the time  to check with the licensed, on-site clinician-in-charge before signing the  weekend discharge.

  • First explain, in our own words, issues of transference displayed by the client.
  • Next, discuss whether the consultant acted ethically by allowing the client to be discharged?
  • Is it possible that counter-transference played a part in how the consultant acted? If so, how?
  • What are the other pitfalls facing consultants in the mental health profession?
  • Finally, what ethical guidelines would you follow if  you were a consultant in the mental health profession?


Class References:
The Ethics of Professional Practice  Richard D. Parsons 

APA Code of Ethics: American Psychological Association (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Washington, DC: Author. 

ACA  Code of Ethics: American Counseling Association (1997). Code of  ethics and standards of practice. Alexandria, VA: Author. A Practitioners Guide to Ethical Decision Making:  Forrester-Miller, H., & Davis, T. (1996). A practitioner’s guide to ethical  decision making. Retrieved from

****These references can be used along with any outside sources as well.


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