Ethical Obligations about Confidentiality
A. Ethical Distinctions Between “Absolute” and “Conditional” Confidentiality
B. Ethical Obligations About Confidentiality & Disclosure
Selected Ethical Standards: Counselors (from ACA Code of Ethics)
Selected Ethical Standards: Psychologists (from APA Code of Ethics)
Selected Ethical Standards:: Social Workers (from NASW Code of Ethics)
C. PROTECTING CONFIDENTIALITY – USING AN ETHICAL PRACTICE MODEL
D. Confidentiality in Virginia Legal Protections and Legal Limits
E. CONFIDENTIALITY: “NON-SUBPOENA CONTRACTS” WITH CLIENTS
Clients in Multi-Client Therapy – “Non-Subpoena Promise” ( Fisher )
Couple or Marital Therapy – “Non-Subpoena Promise” ( Hembree )
Client in Individual Therapy (+ Non-Participating Spouse) – “Non-Subpoena Promise” ( DeMaio )
F. CONFIDENTIALITY CONTRACTS — EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS, VOLUNTEERS
G. COURT-RELATED FORMS & CHARTS
H. BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D.
Fisher, M.A. (2012). Confidentiality and Record Keeping. Chapter 13 in S. Knapp, M. Gottlieb, M. Handelsman, & L. VandeCreek (Eds.) APA Ethics Handbook for Psychologists (pp. 333-375). Washington DC: American Psychological Association. DOI: 10.1037/13271-013.
Fisher, M.A. (2013). The Ethics of Conditional Confidentiality: A Practice Model for Mental Health Professionals. New York, Oxford University Press. (Order from the Book Order Page on our website, from Oxford University Press, or from Amazon.com ) See REVIEWS.
Fisher, M.A. (2016). Confidentiality Limits in Psychotherapy: Ethics Checklists for Mental Health Professionals. Washington DC, American Psychological Association. (See summary on our website; order from American Psychological Association or from Amazon.com.) See REVIEWS.
(Updated January 5, 2015)