As you probably know (or you wouldn’t be visiting this website), psychotherapists are ethically required to make plans for what to do in the event that they are unable to continue practicing.
For example, from the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association:
|Unless otherwise covered by contract, psychologists make reasonable efforts to plan for facilitating services in the event that psychological services are interrupted by factors such as the psychologist’s illness, death, unavailability, relocation, or retirement or by the client’s/patient’s relocation or financial limitations. [Standard 3.12]
Psychologists make plans in advance to facilitate the appropriate transfer and to protect the confidentiality of records and data in the event of psychologists’ withdrawal from positions or practice. [Standard 6.02c]
Social workers, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, clinical mental health counselors, nurse psychotherapists and other professions that practice psychotherapy have similar ethical requirements. A document that specifies these plans is called a Professional Will.
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