Essay about Confidentiality and Informed Consent

1074 Words Aug 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Confidentiality and Informed Consent
Claudia Lewis
Dr. Daniel Williams Jr, PsyD, MSW

Confidentiality and Informed Consent
Dear client this paper is to inform you, of your right to confidentiality, and further more explain the process of informed consent. In the world of Psychology and counseling, confidentiality and informed consent has been the cornerstone to our practices (University of Phoenix, 1994). This paper will help you to understand how the things you say during the counseling sessions may have legal implications against you; by first explaining the decision of Tarasoff v. the board of Regents of the University of California, followed by how it relates to the therapist-client relationship
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The court specific ruling was that the therapist was liable because they should have known about the dangerousness based on accepted professional standards of conduct and they failed to exercise reasonable acre in warning the potential victim (University of Phoenix, 1994).
How the decision relates to the confidentiality of therapist-client relationships The decision in the case of Tarasoff v. the Board of Regents of the University of California forever changed the laws of virtually every state. These new laws now included statutory requirement for notification and duty to warn, which has sparked the ongoing debate between rules of confidentiality and the privilege and duty to warn ("American Cancer Society", 2014). The decision has changed the way in which patients open up to the therapist, as what they say to the therapist is only confidential to a certain point. Because therapist has a “duty to warn” ("American Cancer Society", 2014), there is a certain amount of distrust on the patient’s part as to what they really should divulge to the therapist; because of the fear of the therapist having a duty to tell another person about what was said. Confidentiality as it relates to the therapist-client relationship is really not confidentiality at all depending on the conversation and circumstances!
Informed Consent and Refusal Process
The process of informed consent and refusal is the reflection of the commitment involved

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