The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission from the client.
The most commonly recognized exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety
- Contact between a parent/guardian and therapist in the case of a client who is a child age 11 or younger (in the State of Illinois)
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