Category Archives: Treatment of Minors

Access to Records – “Noncustodial Parent”

It is important for therapists and counselors to know the law with respect to parental access to a minor patient’s mental health [...]

Parental Access To Records

When must or may the practitioner allow the parent to inspect the minor patient’s records? When must or may the practitioner deny [...]

Privileged Communications

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

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. [...]

Minors and Consensual Sexual Intercourse

During the course of one’s practice, it may become known that your minor patient, or a patient’s child, has engaged in consensual [...]

Treating Children

… When can a therapist or counselor treat or provide other services to a minor without the knowledge or consent of either parent? The [...]

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. [...]

Pregnancy of a Minor

… Suppose a therapist is treating a fifteen-year old girl who tells the therapist that she is pregnant and is thinking about obtaining [...]

Conflicting Requests

… Suppose that a patient has signed an authorization form allowing you to release confidential information to a third party, but after [...]

Breach Of Confidentiality? – No Revelation To Third Party

… What duty of confidentiality does a therapist or counselor have with respect to the use of the information gained during a counseling [...]

School Counseling

Is a school counselor required to disclose a student’s pregnancy to the student’s parents if the counselor believes that disclosure is [...]

Custody and Visitation Disputes – The Big Mistake

… Suppose that you are treating a mother and her two children (ages 9 and 11) who are involved in a custody and/or visitation dispute [...]

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