Tag Archives: psychotherapist-patient privilege

Treating Children – Selected Legal Issues

Therapists and counselors treat children both with and without the consent of one or both parents. It is not uncommon for practitioners [...]

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. [...]

Waiver

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

Joint Holders of the Privilege – Meaning and Implications

There are many circumstances where more than one person will be seen in therapy or counseling, such as in couple counseling or family [...]

Subpoena for Records and Notes

Suppose the therapist’s mental health records and notes regarding the patient are subpoenaed by the defendant (the former employer) [...]

Duty to the Patient – When Does it Begin?

Some may think that the relationship with the patient begins when the first session begins, or perhaps when it ends. Others may peg the [...]

The Search Warrant

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

Disclosure to Patients – “No Court For Me” (?)

Every so often I am told by a mental health professional that somewhere in their disclosure document, their written policy statement, [...]