Confidentiality In Psychology

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Confidentiality and Privilege Psychology can be a complex set of ethical standards of laws and principles, which are treated with the uppermost respect. Confidentiality between mental health professionals and privileges of trust as a professional are correlated with the APA Ethics Code of Standards
(Fisher, 2012). Law and ethics are two different areas of psychology that can emerge from within those areas. Confidentiality is private information consented between the mental health professional and the client in agreement to not converse with anyone. The American Psychological Association defines confidentiality an ethical duty as a mental health professional, in which not to converse any information amongst anyone else (APA, 2010b). A privilege
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A third challenge would be the HIPPA violations that may arise from the confidentiality. These rules can elevate the status of private agreements but can be legally binding I the parents signing a written agreement. The fourth challenge is informing the patients of their legal rights with confidentiality. This would support the technology world with emails, texts, and conference calls. Like with any other rule to be explained there are rights transferring the emails and making sure the client and the psychologist has decent technology to help with keeping track of emails or texts. A fifth challenge would be the record keeping of notes and binding laws to prevent any misreading’s if the patient would ask for copy of their records. The legal aspects of confidentiality are greatly supported in many states and have been integrated into psychologists’ licensing regulations to advocate the standards of law (Fisher, 2012). The Ethics code does allow psychologists to make exceptions to the rule, although the states do find the correlations of the code and exceptions to the rule to be confusing. The confusion creates some added laws, which may contradict some ethical principles. To reduce the confusion the law has made it a little simpler for the psychologists to practice ethically and the decision of psychologists does not change the rule itself (Fisher, 2012). There are essential models of the confidentiality …show more content…
These communications only apply to the professional discussions amongst the physiologist and the client. One challenge can be the unintentional communications amongst two people that know each other, for example, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances are not protected under the privileged communications (Knapp and VandeCreek, 2012). Clients can still waive their privilege at anytime with a mental health professional but are involuntarily waived when they enter a courtroom (Knapp and VandeCreek, 2012). Simply, privilege is ordered by the court and in some criminal cases the law will be able to waive that confinement of rulings dependent of the location in the states. Privilege communication laws can be challenging with the laws and with the Ethical Codes of the APA. Another challenge is the privilege of having the psychologist permits the disclosure of statements to protect the victim of the patient. A third challenge is the release of information of the children. The treatment of children requires a number of parties to be involved (Knapp and VandeCreek, 2012). Comprehensive records are a challenge to keep in good standing with HIPPA standards. Keeping records of the patient’s diagnosis, test results, authorizations are what HIPPA requires, so keeping these types of records secures help in cases of possible psychotherapist abuse from patient (Knapp and VandeCreek, 2012). Record keeping could convey more

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