Confidentiality And Informed Consent : The Counseling Domain Nothing Hurts A Therapist 's Reputation Or Fidelity More Than Losing

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Confidentiality and Informed Consent In the counseling domain nothing hurts a therapist’s reputation or fidelity more than losing the trust and confidence of a client, a client’s family, or fellow colleagues. Therapists are professionals and are obligated, not to discuss a client’s information, case, or sessions with anyone. According to Lasky and Riva (2006), counselors have a legal and ethical obligation to protect confidential information disclosed to them. Legally, the therapist could be held liable because of the concept of privileged communication. Unless it is to protect a client from suicide, endangering another, or suspicion of child abuse, confidentiality must be maintained. According to Dekraai & Sales (1982), clients are protected from disclosure through confidentiality. Confidentiality supports the client by allowing any information provided to the counselor to be prohibited from self-disclosure. Confidentiality requires the counselors to take into consideration the personal rights of the client. During sessions, the counselor should have established and promoted enough confidence that it is without question the counselor has the client’s best interest in mind. The client should be allowed the ability to make rational choices concerning what should or should not be disclosed and how that disclosure will influence his or her life (Lasky and Riva, 2006, p. 456). The rights of the client must be protected and the therapist has an obligation to do so. Before…

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