The dictionary definition of ” consumer, client, patient, provider and care giver ” are examined under the thesis that “we are not providers consumers or clients. The special bond of psychiatrists as well as other mental health professional with their patients is noted and the potential erosion of that relationship is discussed.
A nanny tells her psychiatrist that she has slapped the 18 month old child under her care. A course of action for the therapist could include filing a report of child abuse, a Tarasoff warning to the family and an involuntary hospitalization of the patient if indicated. The possibilities of what could happen if the therapist did the above or some other action were discussed.