Patients' Rights Dictate that Psychotherapists and Counselors must have a Professional Will

A psychotherapist is under a duty to create a professional will, because most if not all ethical codes as well as various laws require the clinician to provide for undisrupted care of patients in the event of an untimely death or incapacity. Most, if not all, psychotherapists and counselors know that they must leave a backup therapist available when your regular therapist is unavailable (due to illness or vacation, for example). The same concept holds true, if not more so, in the event a therapist meets an untimely demise or somehow loses the capacity to treat patients. Therefore, a professional will must act as the backup in such situations.

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