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Unformatted text preview: [ HANDOUT 6 —Use the top of this page for your letterhead.] What You Should Know about Confidentiality in Therapy I will treat what you tell me with great care. My professional ethics (that is, my profession’s rules about values and moral matters) and the laws of this state prevent me from telling anyone else what you tell me unless you give me written permission. These rules and laws are the ways our society recognizes and supports the privacy of what we talk about—in other words, the “confidentiality” of therapy. But I cannot promise that everything you tell me will never be revealed to someone else. There are some times when the law requires me to tell things to others. There are also some other limits on our confi- dentiality. We need to discuss these, because I want you to understand clearly what I can and cannot keep confidential. You need to know about these rules now, so that you don’t tell me something as a “secret” that I cannot keep secret. So please read these pages carefully and keep this copy. At our next meeting, we can discuss any questions you might have. 1. When you or other persons are in physical danger, the law requires me to tell others about it. Specifically: a. If I come to believe that you are threatening serious harm to another person, I am required to try to protect that person. I may have to tell the person and the police, or perhaps try to have you put in a hospital. b. If you seriously threaten or act in a way that is very likely to harm yourself, I may have to seek a hospital for you, or to call on your family members or others who can help protect you. If such a situation does come up, I will fully discuss the situation with you before I do anything, unless there is a very strong reason not to. c. In an emergency where your life or health is in danger, and I cannot get your consent, I may give another professional some information to protect your life. I will try to get your permission first, and I will discuss this with you as soon as possible afterwards. d. If I believe or suspect that you are abusing a child, an elderly person, or a disabled per- son I must file a report with a state agency. To “abuse” means to neglect, hurt, or sexu- ally molest another person. I do not have any legal power to investigate the situation to find out all the facts. The state agency will investigate. If this might be your situation, we should discuss the legal aspects in detail before you tell me anything about these...
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This note was uploaded on 07/01/2010 for the course COUN 6682 A and taught by Professor All during the Spring '10 term at Walden University.
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