ERIC Number: ED490794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-14
Confidentiality, Informed Consent, and Ethical Considerations in Reviewing the Client's Psychotherapy Records
Blunt, David R.
Ethical dilemmas that break the confidentiality of the client eventually test the psychologist's boundaries such that not taking action may place the patient in a position where they suffer, hurt themselves, or others. The effectiveness in obtaining a valid informed consent might depend upon the therapists training, experience, and sound judgment in conveying the extent of the therapy and limitations imposed by the information disclosed. Therefore, maintaining confidentiality during counseling while working with minors may pose unique scenarios in which the therapists must re-evaluate their approach to therapy. This paper reviews important ethical issues related to confidentiality, informed consent, the right to know, and HIPAA requirements fundamental to the therapeutic success of all parties involved.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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