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  1. Nico Peruzzi, Andrew Canapary & Bruce Bongar (1996). Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Role of Mental Health Professionals. Ethics and Behavior 6 (4):353 – 366.
    A review of the literature was conducted to better understand the (potential) role of mental health professionals in physician-assisted suicide. Numerous studies indicate that depression is one of the most commonly encountered psychiatric illnesses in primary care settings. Yet, depression consistently goes undetected and undiagnosed by nonpsychiatrically trained primary care physicians. Noting the well-studied link between depression and suicide, it is necessary to question giving sole responsibility of assisting patients in making end-of-life treatment decisions to these physicians. Unfortunately, the use (...)
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  2. Sally Clayton & Bruce Bongar (1994). The Use of Consultation in Psychological Practice: Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Considerations. Ethics and Behavior 4 (1):43 – 57.
    The importance of consulting with other professionals to maintain acceptable standards of care is well documented in many health care professions. However, evidence indicates that many psychologists fail to utilize consultation when needed, and that consultation use varies along dimensions such as the education and training of the consultee, the type of setting, number of years in practice, and proximity to available consultants. In this article, we review the research on the use of consultation by psychologists as well as other (...)
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  3. Wendy L. Packman, Mithran G. Cabot & Bruce Bongar (1994). Malpractice Arising From Negligent Psychotherapy: Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Implications of Osheroff V. Chestnut Lodge. Ethics and Behavior 4 (3):175 – 197.
    Traditionally, there have been few legal actions brought against psychotherapists that allege negligent psychotherapy and negligent treatment of psychiatric disorders. However, in the case of Osheroff v. Chestnut Lodge, a patient-physician (Dr. OsheroE) sued Chestnut Lodge, a private psychiatric facility, for negligence based on the staff's decision to apply a psychodynamic model of treatment (through psychotherapy) and not a biological model. The case sparked a heated debate between adherents of the psychodynamic model and those of the biological model. This article (...)
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  4. Bruce Bongar (1992). The Ethical Issue of Competence in Working with the Suicidal Patient. Ethics and Behavior 2 (2):75 – 89.
    In this article, I discuss the ethical need for competence in the assessment and management of the suicidal patient, and further suggest that this specific competence be considered a routine element in professional psychological practice. I also argue that this particular competence necessitates adequate training in working with this high-risk population, as well as the need for every clinician to personally evaluate her or his own technical and personal competencies to work with suicidal patients before beginning independent practice activities in (...)
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