Playing in their sandbox: Professional obligations of mental health professionals in custody cases

Lyn R. Greenberg, Dianna J. Gould-Saltman, Michael C. Gottlieb

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Abstract

Mental health professionals (MHPs) working with court-involved families practice at the interface of psychology and law. MHPs practicing in the legal context are governed by the ethics codes and standards of their profession, but must also adjust their practices to the expectations and standards of the legal arena. The judicial system, mental health, legal and interdisciplinary organizations may present different ethical standards/recommendations, leading to tension and controversy among the various professionals' obligations and concerns. In this article, the authors identify core ethical issues and concepts that underlie most professional practice standards applicable to MHPs in family law cases. Case examples are presented that demonstrate common ethical dilemmas and proactive, effective approaches to avoiding or resolving them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-216
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Child Custody
Volume5
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

Keywords

  • Boundaries
  • Child custody
  • Ethics
  • Professional relationships
  • Professional responsibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Law

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