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Risk management and ethical issues regarding termination and abandonment.

10/2012;

ABSTRACT Describes issues surrounding termination and abandonment in psychotherapy. Topics discussed include clinical issues, termination and brief psychotherapy, voluntary termination, implementing termination, premature or forced termination, and ethical and legal guidelines. Sample letters from clinician to patient for use in the termination process are appended. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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