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Therapist Retirement


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Retirement of Therapists: Ethical, Legal, Clinical and Psychological Considerations

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General Legal Issues

Retirement Issues from Professional Organizations

  • Rutzky, J. (2000) Taking Care of Business: Writing a Professional Will, The California Therapist Vol. 12 (4), p. 44.
  • Steiner, A. (2002) The Emergency Response Team: A Back Up Plan Every Clinician Needs, The California Therapist, April/May, p. 69-77.
  • Steiner, A. (2001) When the Therapist Has to Cancel, The California Therapist, Jan/February, p. 52-54.

Books about Retirement Issues

  • Becker, E. The Denial of Death, The Free Press, New York, 1975.
  • Bauer-Maglin, Nan & Radosh, Alice. (eds.) (2003). Women confronting retirement, A nontraditonal guide, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • Yalom, I. Staring at the Sun, Jossey-Bass, 2009
    For Therapists
  • Draper, B., Winfield, S. & Luscombe G. (1997) The older psychiatrist and retirement, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12, 233 -239.
  • Gerson, B. (1996) The Therapist as a Person: Life Crises, Life Choices, Life Experiences, and Their Effects on Treatment, The Analytic Press.
  • Gold, J.H., Nemiah, J.C. (eds) (1993) Beyond Transference: When the Therapist's Real Life Intrudes, American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Washington, D.C.
  • Junkers, G, ed. (2013). The taboo of aging and retirement in psychoanalysis, New York: Routledge.
  • Pollack, G (ed., 1992) How psychiatrists look at aging, Connecticut: International Universities Press, Inc.
  • Schwartz, H., Silver, A. Eds., (1990) Illness in the Analyst: Implications for the Treatment Relationship, Madison, CT, International Universities Press.

Journal Articles about Retirement

  • Chernin, P. (1976) Illness in a Therapist—Loss of Omnipotence, Archives General Psychiatry, Vol. 33, Nov., p. 1327.
  • DeWald, P. (1982) A Serious Illness in the Analyst: Transference, Countertransference, and Reality Reponses, Journal of Psychoanalytic Association, Vol. 30, No 2, p.347.
  • Draper, Brian, Winfield, Stephanie, & Luscombe, Georgina. (1997). The older psychiatrist and retirement. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12, 233-239.
  • Drentea, P. (2002) Retirement and mental health, Journal of Aging and Health, 14, 167 -194.
  • Eagles, J, Addie, K & Brown, T (2005). Retirement intentions of consultant psychiatrists, The Psychiatric Bulletin, Psychiatric Bulletin,29: 374-376
  • Eliot, Thomas Sterns. (1971). Four Quartets. New York: Harcourt Brace/Jovanovich. 202 Women & Therapy
  • Guy, J., Souder, J. (1986) Impact of Therapist's Illness or Accident on Psychotherapeutic Practice: Review and Discussion, Professional Psychology: Research & Practice, Vol. 17(6) p. 509.
  • Halpert, E. (1983) When the Analyst is Chronically Ill or Dying, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 1.1.
  • Ireland, M. (1998) Plan for a Professional Will in the Event of Illness, Disability, or Death, unpublished manuscript.
  • Levin, D. (1998) Unplanned Termination: Pain and Consequences, Journal of Analytic Social Work, Vol. 5(2) p. 35.
  • Marine, E. Are you taking risks that will affect your retirement? from a bulletin of The American Professional Agency
  • McGee, Thomas F. (2003) Observations on the retirement of professional psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34, 388-395.
  • Moffic, S (2012). Mental boot camp: today is the first day of your retirement, Psychiatric Times, (June 25, 2012).
  • Rauch, E. (1998) A One Session Memorial Group Following the Death of a Therapist, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 48 (1) p 99-104.
  • Salokangas, R. K. & Joukamaa, M. (1991) Physical and mental health changes in retirement age, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 55, 100 -107.
  • Samuels, L. (1992) When the Analyst Cannot Continue, The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 27-38.
  • Schad-Somer, S. (1985) Situational Countertransference, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Vol. 15(2) pp.156.
  • Stein, G. Betting on Life: A Psychologist's Guide to Making Retirement and “Bucket List" Plans. Blog
  • Theriault, Jocelyne. (1994). Retirement as a psychosocial transition: process of adaptation to change. Int'l Journal of Aging and Human Development, 38, 153-170.
  • Weiss, Stanley, & Kaplan, Eugene. (2000). Inner obstacles to psychoanalysts' retirement: personal, clinical, and theoretical perspectives. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 64, 443-461.

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