Special Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect for Psychotherapists
Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D.
Child and adolescent therapists are familiar with the general requirements of mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect, or at least we know when to ask for help. In many situations, however, we find ourselves unsure of what action to take. These “gray areas” or murky situations are troubling in that they ask us to make decisions that seem to be in conflict with our therapeutic and ethical standards and goals. In this context, Dr. Bruce Hillowe will address our case material and questions in an interactive presentation of the interface of clinical and legal principles in our work with children.
Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D. is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Mineola, New York. A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University Derner Institute (Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Programs), he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and director of a forensic mental health service. He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. He currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute. He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. He has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and publications, most recently regarding scope of practice and disciplinary defense. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in healthcare law and a "SuperLawyer" featured in the New York Times Magazine.