Protecting Confidentiality Rights: An Ethical Practice Model Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D. I. PREPARE A. Understand Clients' Rights and Your Ethical Responsibilities in Behalf of Those Rights B. Learn the Laws that Can Affect Your Ability to Protect Confidential Information C. Clarify Your Personal Ethical Position About Confidentiality and its Legal Limits D. Decide When/How You Will Limit Confidentiality Voluntarily E . Develop Plan for Ethical Response to Laws That Require You To Disclose "Involuntarily" F . Choose Reliable Ethics Consultants and Legal Consultants and Use as Needed G. Devise Informed Consent Forms that Reflect Your Real Intentions H. Prepare to Discuss Confidentiality and Its Limits in Understandable Language II. TELL CLIENTS THE TRUTH “UP FRONT” (Inform Their Consent) A. Inform Prospective Clients About the Limits You Intend to Impose on Confidentiality B. Explain Any Roles or Potential Conflicts of Interest That Might Affect Confidentiality C. Obtain Informed Client's Consent to Accept Limits as a Condition of Receiving Services
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