Psychotherapeutic Report

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Psychotherapeutic Report
Psychotherapeutic Report

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The psychotherapeutic report

Psychotherapeutic reports are based on psychotherapeutic and scientific principles and include the investigation and assessment of psychosocial and / or psychosomatic changes in behavior and states of suffering. They can not only include the treatment of diseases, but also preventive health care or health promotion measures. The psychotherapeutic report aims to clarify a specific question from a psychotherapeutic perspective by means of psychotherapeutic diagnostics and assessment. The reports are prepared by experts …


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  • Difference between finding and expert opinion
  • Quality criteria and principles of a psychotherapeutic report
  • Types of expertise
  • Who can commission an expert opinion?
  • When is a psychotherapeutic report prepared?
  • Whom can I ask?

Difference between finding and expert opinion

Findings and reports are often mixed up. Established facts are recorded in a finding. Experts for expert opinions collect findings and also draw conclusions based on special specialist knowledge. These must be carefully considered and justified. The comprehensive report must answer the questions asked in important details. The psychotherapeutic report should be uniformly structured, clear in structure, as well as coherent and comprehensible.

Quality criteria and principles of a psychotherapeutic report

There is no legal definition of an expert. The BMSGPK's expert guideline (criteria for the preparation of expert opinions by psychotherapists), however, specifies criteria for the preparation of expert opinions by psychotherapists and for their qualifications. The expert conscientiously provides his / her acquired knowledge and skills in the recognized scientific-psychotherapeutic methods in the form of professional assessment of facts as well as prognostic assessments with regard to the application of the methods from a professional point of view.

Knowledgeable, neutral, objective, independent

Due to their training / further education and experience, experts must have special knowledge (expertise) in a certain subject area. In addition, neutrality, objectivity and independence are required criteria for appointing an expert. Psychotherapeutic reports in child and adolescent psychotherapy can only be prepared by experts who have qualifications in accordance with the BMSGPK guidelines for psychotherapeutic work with infants, children and adolescents.

Every psychotherapist who is entered on the BMSGPK's list of psychotherapists may in any case be appointed as an expert within the meaning of the Code of Civil Procedure. The Expert and Interpreter Act provides for a judicial certification procedure for expert work in court. Psychotherapeutic reporters need to be impartial in order to draw objective conclusions. Accordingly, there must be no reasons for absolute bias (e.g. family relationship / partnership, ongoing psychotherapy with the client or the person to be assessed). So-called relative bias can lead to doubts about the impartiality of the reviewer (e.g. business relationships, friendships) and must be avoided.

The Psychotherapy Act obliges psychotherapists to maintain secrecy about all secrets entrusted to them in the exercise of their profession. The duty of confidentiality generally applies to any other person or institution. It must therefore be made clear from the start of the report that information is to be obtained and passed on when the report is prepared. Also, the agreement between the reviewer and the person to be assessed must be such that the contents of the assessment are not to be regarded as a secret, as they are passed on to a certain group of people. The consent of the patient is required, who waives his / her claim to secrecy. All findings that are not relevant for the preparation of the report,must, however, be treated confidentially.

Types of expertise

The following reports are possible:

  • Court opinion,
  • Private appraisal,
  • Expert opinions for administrative authorities,
  • Expert opinions (commissioned by a party to the dispute) and
  • Top report (in the case of contradicting reports).

Who can commission an expert opinion?

In principle, expert opinions can be commissioned by anyone (private individuals, legal entities, administrative authorities, courts). Psychotherapeutic reports convey empirical values for decisions. However, the decision on the matter is made by the client, not the expert.

When is a psychotherapeutic report prepared?

Depending on the question, psychotherapeutic reports are created in a wide variety of areas (economy, medicine, psychology, etc.). Areas in which psychotherapeutic issues are to be clarified are essential. Possible uses include, for example, custody issues (e.g. questions about custody), psychotherapeutic questions in the context of work ability, etc. Psychotherapeutic reports can be carried out in parallel or independently of medical, clinical-psychological or health psychological reports. An assessment of the success or failure of psychotherapeutic activity as well as the scientific soundness of psychotherapeutic schools or individuals is incumbent exclusively on psychotherapists.

Whom can I ask?

A general search for psychotherapists can be carried out using the corresponding list search of the BMSGPK. ÖBVP (Austrian Federal Association for Psychotherapy) and VÖPP (Association of Austrian Psychotherapists) also provide information for the search for experts.

Court experts can be searched for using the list of court experts and court interpreters of the judicial authorities. The main association for judicial experts also offers an online search.

How are the costs going to be covered?

The client has to pay the price for the preparation of the expert opinion. It is based on various factors, such as the time required, the distance traveled, the scope of the questions and the expert opinion.