Articles Tagged "confidentiality"

Most states in the U.S. require a psychotherapist to break confidentiality when a client verbalizes suicidal intent (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2013). The purpose of this paper is to share a personal reflection on suicidal ideation within the therapeutic relationship, and to question whether a psychotherapist’s ethical responsibility and personal morality are consistently clear-cut. […]

It is a given that confidentiality is essential in the psychotherapy process. Clients share their secrets, embarrassing information, fears, and the like, specifically for the purpose of receiving needed assistance to overcome their stated difficulties. Without the promise of confidentiality, many individuals might not be able to establish the trusting relationship needed for psychotherapy to […]

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Maintaining the confidentiality of both the existence of and content shared within psychotherapy is one of the foundations of the psychotherapy relationship. In fact, this has been an essential feature of all health care relationships dating as far back as the Fifth Century B.C.E. as articulated in the Hippocratic Oath: Whatever I see or hear […]

The ethical issues involved in writing about clients are complex and were the topic of a recent special section of Psychotherapy, Division 29’s Journal (Samstag, 2012). The five papers in the series (Barnett, 2012; Blechner, 2012; Fischer, 2012; Sieck, 2012; and Woodhouse, 2012) identified a number of implications of a) obtaining consent from a client […]

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Few clinicians would dispute their clients’ right to privacy, including when and to what extent to share personal information in therapy. However, as DiLillo and Gale (2011) point out, the current advances in the use of the Internet – such as the development of search engines and social networks, for example – have led to […]

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Preamble Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association has embarked on establishing practice recommendations for telepsychotherapy. This document was developed by a taskforce of Division 29 board members with the hope of providing a set of recommendations for psychologists providing therapeutic services using electronic media. Scope According to the […]

Stephanie Chervenak Asks I am curious about ethical considerations when treating individuals who are HIV positive. What are my responsibilities as a clinician if I know that my client (HIV positive) is engaging in risky/unsafe sexual practices with someone? In this case, the other person’s life is endangered. This issue always stumps me, thank you […]

Question by Dr. Linda Moore In Jeff Magnavita’s statement regarding his vision for the future of Div 29, he stresses the importance and use of technology in psychotherapy research and practice. As you are likely aware, more and more psychologists are using technology and audio-visual (AV) recording as part of their psychotherapy practice, supervision, presentations […]

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Question from Dr. Magnavita I have been treating a man with complex PTSD who started to see me after his transference feelings toward his previous psychotherapist became unmanageable. He sees me infrequently and has consulted with about 5 subsequent therapists who he reports trigger his trauma. He frequently emails me and occasionally sees me for […]

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