The use of communication technology in private practice: Ethical implications and boundary dilemmas in therapy

Michael A. Negretti, Elizabeth Wieling

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Abstract

This study investigates the use of communication technology (CT) by therapists in private practice. CT has exploded in the last decade and therapists have begun to implement this technology in their work. It is important to understand better the types of technology therapists are using and how they decide which devices are most useful for clinical practice. Additionally, the availability of the therapist has long been debated and CT provides media to make therapists readily available. Results show that therapists have boundary concerns and ethical dilemmas regarding CT and often feel unprepared to handle inappropriate out-of-session contacts when they occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-293
Number of pages19
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2001

Keywords

  • Boundaries
  • Communication technology
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Marital and family therapy
  • Private practice

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