In California, we’re supposed to have the bluntly named pamphlet displayed in our waiting room. Except I share a suite with psychoanalysts, and there is no way they want to introduce that into the “field,” every time a patient sits down in the waiting room. I left a note with a copy of the pamphlet by the check-in board, and promptly got a note back from an octogenarian Jungian analyst: “I’d prefer that each of us be responsible for dispensing these.” In other words, no way am I going to let you leave these laying around the waiting room.
So, great, now I’m going to display them in my office, so that all through sessions, any time a client’s mind wanders, they will be reminded: NO SEX. This is one of those situations where I am glad the rule exists, I just don’t want it to apply to me.
Time to bend a rule. Into the file cabinet they go. The other rule is that, if we learn of a client previously being inappropriately treated by a prior therapist, we’re to give them the pamphlet immediately and discuss their options, including a report to the Board of Psychology.
That I will do without hesitation.