Running Head: MOVIE REVIEW 3 discover if Pat Jr. were in favor of this; informed consent is required. Dr. Patel may also have eliminated the music from therapy altogether. During one therapy session, Pat Jr. asked Dr. Patel to deliver a letter to Nikki
wife who has a restraining order against Pat Jr. Dr. Patel correctly dissuaded Pat Jr. -- refusing to deliver the letter -- noting that delivering the letter [and contacting Nikki] would be illegal. Dr. Patel not only acted according to local, state, and national laws, but also protected both Pat Jr. and Nikki by refusing to deliver the letter. Regardless of legality, therapists should avoid delivering letters on behalf of their clients because this is something clients, exercising their autonomy [when it is legal to do so], should partake in. Pat Jr. -- later in the film -- encountered Dr. Patel outside of a football stadium and asked Dr. Patel if it was okay for Dr. Patel to be at the football game with him. Dr. Patel responded,
telling Pat Jr. that he was his “brother in green” (referring to the colors of the Philadelphia Eagles
National Football League team) and,
for the day, “not [his] therapist.” Dr. Patel also informed Pat Jr. that it was “wonderful” to see him at the football game.
Code of Ethics
section A.5.c. notes that counselors should avoid nonprofessional interactions
with clients or clients’ family
members except when the interactions would be potentially beneficial for clients
and clients’ family members
. Rather than saying it was wonderful to see Pat Jr. and claiming that, for a day, he was not his therapist, but rather a
“brother in green,” Dr. Pa
tel should have avoided Pat Jr. if possible and, if not possible, informed Pat Jr. that since he is his therapist, he could not spend time with him outside of therapy
perhaps also explaining this rationale at the moment or in a future therapy session.