Category Archives: Privilege

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – October 2016

Below you will find topics that I have written about in prior issues of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin. I make brief comments here or [...]

Privileged Communications

… It is critical for counselors and therapists to know whether or not they are covered by the psychotherapist-patient privilege (or a [...]

Privileged Communications

… Assuming that the psychotherapist-patient privilege (or similarly titled privilege) exists in your state for your license or [...]

Privileged Communications

… If you are covered by the psychotherapist-patient privilege or a similarly titled privilege, be sure to find out if the privilege [...]

Privilege and Confidentiality

… It is important to know the difference between confidentiality and privilege. If you do, you will be less likely to get into trouble. [...]


… Typically, the holder of the privilege is the patient and not the therapist or counselor. Thus, the privilege can be claimed [...]

Group Therapy

… With respect to the psychotherapist-patient privilege or similarly named privileges, the general rule is that the patient is the [...]

A Common Waiver

… The psychotherapist-patient privilege is an important aspect of patient privacy. As has previously been written about in these pages, [...]

Group Therapy

… The psychotherapist-patient privilege (in some states, the privilege is otherwise named) exists in most if not all states in order to [...]

Death Of The Patient

… What happens when your patient dies and your treatment records are thereafter subpoenaed or you are subpoenaed to appear and testify [...]

Treating A Couple

While I have written several articles in the Avoiding Liability Bulletin dealing with the psychotherapist-patient privilege, I have not [...]

Dangerous Patients

… Suppose that a therapist or counselor determines that his or her patient presents an imminent danger of serious physical violence to [...]

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