Originally Posted by MoManhere
Yes Bisset, I understand that there is a duty of care towards the client, that could as you say lead to certain material not being included. Could this not lead to an overly favourable report (in favour of the client)? Might this be in conflict with the safety of a child involved with the client?
And if the client requests a report for a court hearing, is it handed to the client or to a solicitor acting for the client? I'm just wondering about standard process here as one could imagine in the hands of an unscrupulous client a report getting embellished!
It depends sometimes sent to the solicitor, social/probation worker/officer; sometime I just hand it to the client. It would be very difficult to change it, actually if theyt could do that they would be better off doing their own.
A court report generally just states that I have been seeing the patient for x amount of time and how they have engaged in the psychotherapeutic process. Depending on the case something else may be added but that doesn't happen often. If a report will be negative [e.g DNAing etc] I often suggest that the client is better off without one.
I actually hate reports or referals as they always intrude in the therapeutic process in some way; but they are some you have to work around.
With saying that I have often sat down with clients and gone through psych reports made for their kids etc, helping them understand the language used.