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When minors have county social workers or probation officers, how confidential is their information?

There are many considerations a therapist should keep in mind when introducing social media into their practice. Kristin W. Roscoe, JD, highlights issues of informed consent and record keeping pertaining to social media usage.

California is one of many states that allow for minors to consent to certain healthcare on their own. This article will discuss issues related to minors’ rights to consent to mental health treatment and disclosure of minors’ confidential treatment.

  This article will explore some of the legal, ethical, and practical considerations that MFTs to be mindful of when serving in a crisis response role when providing mental health services.  

This article will briefly review the duty of confidentiality for psychotherapists as well as attorneys. It will also look at the exception carved out by CANRA and Tarasoff and lastly, it will examine the Elijah W. case and explain the resulting

A Patient's Right to Access Mental Health Records Under HIPAA Ann Tran-Lien, JD, discusses a patient's right to access his or her confidential mental
health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.

Confidentiality is a cornerstone that differentiates the therapist patient relationship from many other professional relationships, it also has a myriad of exceptions, both mandatory and permissive, which therapists must be equipped to navigate.

Although individual group therapy members have no legal duty of confidentiality to one another, therapy cannot be effective unless confidentiality is respected.

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of therapy. Learn more about the essential element of therapist-patient confidentiality through numerous sections of law and ethical standards.

The Two Ewing Cases and Tarasoff. Ewing I and Ewing II have sent shock waves throughout California's legal and therapeutic communities. Understanding these cases begins with a working knowledge of the factual and procedural backgrounds of them.