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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vignette 4: A Psychologist in Turmoil

You have been treating a fellow licensed psychologist for several months. He presents himself as having a dissociative identity disorder. Although his condition has been deteriorating he continues to maintain a private practice and one of his egos reports that he has been flirting with several of his female patients.

What are possible emotional reactions would you have in this situation?

What would be your best options for this scenario?

To add some additional detail, you live in Pennsylvania where the reporting requirement for impaired professionals does not apply to patients you see in treatment. Therefore, you, the treating psychologist, are not required to report your patient to the licensing board.