|The Battle To Preserve Ethical And Competent
PsychotherapyBy: Michaele P. Dunlap, Psy.D, President AMHA-Oregon
Ivan Miller, Ph.D., Vice President of The Coalition, Founder, Boulder, CO. Psychotherapists Guild
Nationally there are two parallel organizations fighting to preserve ethical and competent psychotherapy: The American Mental Health Alliance, Inc. (AMHA-USA) and The National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, Inc. (The Coalition). The Coalition focuses on public and professional education, legal and legislative action. AMHA works toward cost containment alternatives to Managed Care by organizing professionals who are committed to ethical practice and the development of ethical financial arrangements with consumers and consumer groups. Both organizations fight to protect patients right to create healing, confidential, honest relationships with therapists.
Recently, Mary Kilburn Ph.D., of the Coalition, offered testimony to the Subcommittee on Consumer Rights, Protection and Responsibilities of the Presidents Commission on Health Care Quality. Her testimony included these assertions:
The American Mental Health Alliance-Oregon is fighting to preserve ethical and competent psychotherapy. Some issues cant be compromised. Either psychotherapists work for their patients, or they work for the economic forces that ultimately destroy the ethical and competent practice of psychotherapy. The choice is ours as psychotherapists. We can organize and cooperate as professionals to build public awareness of the values and benefits of psychotherapy. We can build the organizational strength to contract ethically with employee groups. We can present ourselves and the ethical practice of psychotherapy as valuable and worth the consumers personal dollar. We and the people who buy our services must understand their value. Symptom relief is not psychotherapy.
The commitment necessary to support ethical and competent psychotherapy requires that we:
To learn more about the fight to preserve ethical and competent psychotherapy and how you can participate as a member professional
Call AMHA-OR: (503) 222-0332