Summarizing a court case as a therapist
This paper focuses on Being a Therapist. Read the news article summarizing a court case in which a client stalked her therapist and review the resources on Dr. Kenneth Pope’s website for therapists who are being stalked, threatened, and assaulted by patients.
On Being a Therapist-article summarizing a court case
On Being a Therapist
Firstly, Read the news article summarizing a court case in which a client stalked her therapist and review the resources on Dr. Kenneth Pope’s website for therapists who are being stalked, threaten ed, and assaulted by patients.
Secondly, In your journal, discuss your thoughts on the risks faced by therapists working in the field.
Thirdly, Were you aware of these situations face d by mental health professionals? Did any of the research findings presented by Pope surprise you? Explain your thinking.
Based on victim surveys, about 16 percent of women and 5 percent of men in the United States reported having been stalked at some point in their lives.
The legal definition varies, but stalking is usually defined as “repeated unwanted behaviors that reasonably cause the individual who is being stalked to experience fear of harm or death to self, family, or household,” but many stalkers are careful enough to avoid breaking laws.
Even though the majority of stalkers are men, an estimated 12 to 22 percent are women, although the motivation often varies according to the intended target.
According to the research of Paul E. Mullen and his colleagues, there are five types of stalkers, although there can be considerable overlap among the different categories.
Firstly, Rejected stalkers who are seeking revenge following a perceived rejection (real or imagined).
Secondly, Intimacy-seeking stalkers who are seeking to form a close relationship with their intended target.
Thirdly, Incompetent stalkers lack basic social skills and often engage in stalking behaviour in the hope of becoming intimate with their target.
Fourthly, Resentful stalkers are revenge-seekers who feel they have been somehow wrong ed by their target. They are often prone to paranoid ideation that is difficult to treat.
Further, Predatory stalkers seek power and control over their targets and are most likely to intimidate their victims. These are the stalkers most likely to be charge d for their offenses.