The law protects the relationship between a client and a counselor/therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, and/or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
- When a child's counseling is subject to the parent's divorce or custody action, I explain the limits of confidentiality to the client and parents at the first session. I request they do not request copies of their or their child(ren's) counseling records as evidence to use against the other parent and/or child. It is harmful to the relationship with the counselor. I will provide as ordered by the court, a copy of the record to the Judge for an in-camera review. This ensures the Judge is aware of the treatment details and the client's confidentiality and privacy of each or both parents are protected to ensure the therapeutic relationship.