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Confidentiality and Your Clients – Mistakes That Can Lead to a Lawsuit

The highest standard a healthcare practitioner can hold onto, other than administering the best level of care, is confidentiality and [...]

Confidentiality – Peer Group Communications

When participating in peer group communications, whether a more formal or structured listserv, or an informal group of mental health [...]

Confidentiality and Authorization Forms

… The general rule is that therapists and counselors do not release patient information unless required or permitted by law to do so or [...]

Parental Access to Records of Minor

… One area where I get repeated questions involves the right of parents to access the mental health records of their minor children. [...]

Confidentiality and Authorization Forms

… One of the public policy principles that the HIPAA regulations were influenced by was the public policy incorporated in one state’s [...]

Group Therapy

… When a counselor or therapist is working with a group, the duty of confidentiality is of course upon the therapist or counselor. [...]

Fact of the Relationship

… Care must be taken to protect the confidentiality of not only the records and communications between therapist and patient, but the [...]

Death of the Patient

… Suppose that your client/patient doesn’t appear for a scheduled appointment and that shortly thereafter you are contacted by a deputy [...]

The Unexpected Caller

… Suppose you are counseling a mother and her child. Suppose further that you are aware that the father/husband (uninvolved in the [...]

AIDS/HIV

… Therapists often ask whether or not confidentiality may or must be compromised when the therapist finds out that the patient has been [...]

The Search Warrant

… Suppose law enforcement officials unexpectedly appear at your office and inform you that they are there to execute a search warrant [...]

Dangerous Patient?

… Suppose that your patient is a commercial airline pilot who tells you that he has begun to occasionally snort cocaine, but not when [...]

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