The ethical and legal ramifications of confidentiality

The authors of our text write, “It is important for clients to know that disclosures in therapy sessions will be protected; however, you cannot promise everything clients to talk about will always remain confidential.  In this chapter, we consider the ethical and legal ramifications of confidentiality and explore the process, importance, and impact of informing your clients from the outset of therapy of those circumstances that limit confidentiality.”

Respond to the following in an informed and thoughtful manner.


  • What would be the specific circumstances in which you would break confidentiality?
  • How can you prepare clients for issues pertaining to confidentiality?
  • What could you do to educate clients about the purposes of confidentiality and the legal restrictions on it?
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