ERIC Number: ED350535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Confidentiality and Privileged Communication. The ACA Legal Series. Volume 6.
Arthur, Gibbs L., Jr.; Swanson, Carl D.
This monograph is designed to offer a pragmatic or applied focus to the ethical and legal dilemmas facing practitioners in the area of confidentiality and privileged communication. First a glossary of terms is presented. Next the historical perspective of confidentiality is discussed, focusing on from what the counselor's professional duty and responsibility to act derives. The next section explores confidentiality and privileged communication trends from the perspectives of research, professional affiliation, and credentialing. Privacy, informed consent, role duality, negligence, and third-party billing are explored as they relate to confidentiality and privileged communication in the next section. Exceptions to confidentiality are discussed in the following section; these concern the duty to warn and the counselor as witness. Standards applied to diverse settings, such as schools, the armed forces, inpatient environments, etc., are discussed next. Special considerations, such as minor clients, family consultation, etc., are explored in the next section. Privacy and recordkeeping are discussed next. Finally counselor training and confidentiality are discussed. Seven frequently asked questions are stated and answered. Guidelines for practice are listed. A summary and discussion questions are provided. (Contains 72 references.) (ABL)
Descriptors: Confidential Records, Confidentiality, Conflict of Interest, Counseling, Counselors, Ethics, Interpersonal Communication
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 ($11.95, Order #72306).
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.