The Ethics Curriculum
Confidentiality (Ethics 2)
Become familiar with surprisingly different points of view on the topic of confidentiality.
In the fields of mental health and psychotherapy, few topics cause as much concern and confusion as confidentiality. Does the therapist take the approach of risk management, dotting all the i's and cross all the t’s? Or, does the therapist stick to moral convictions and ingrained values about confidentiality? Do we protect the patient, or do we protect ourselves? Is there a middle ground?
This program provides clinicians with the opportunity to:
Know what material to include in patient records.
Gain an understanding of what secrets to keep.
Learn about the importance of using our professional ethical codes as reference and guides to clinical decisions.
Learn to make decisions on the principles of risk management.
Confidentiality and Risk Management - Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. website
Having heard the prior two interviews presenting widely divergent views of confidentiality, we try to find a middle ground in our third conversation. Here, Dr. Frederic Reamer offers a third opinion on how to handle dilemmas of confidentiality.
Confidentiality: Never Tell - Christopher Bollas
Christopher Bollas, a noted psychoanalyst, is outraged at the current state of affairs regarding confidentiality. In this interview, he tells us why we should stick to our convictions.
Document Everything - Barbara Alexander
In this interview, Barbara Alexander reports on interviews with a number of attorneys who have a very strict view of confidentiality and tell us how to protect ourselves as practitioners from litigious clients/patients.
“These programs were very well done. Anytime my mind doesn’t wander, I know it’s a great job.”
... Patt M.