Mandatory reporting of sexually exploitative psychotherapists.
L. H. Strasburger, L. Jorgenson and R. Randles,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
18(4): 379-84, 1990.
Although there is unanimity among mental health professionals as to the unethical aspect of
psychotherapist-patient sexual contact, there is disagreement as to whether subsequent treating
psychotherapists should be required to report the abuse of a former therapist to a licensing agency.
Such reporting may have negative effects upon the patient and upon the patient's relationship with
the therapist. It may also, however, prevent further exploitation by the original abusing therapist.
Three states have adopted reporting statutes designed to protect patients from this type of abuse. The
current statutory enactments of California, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are compared in terms of their
differing approaches to the problem.