PRIVACY & POLICY
The relationship between a patient and a therapist is protected by law. Information can’t be disclosed without written consent, except in the following situations:
- The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders, for which the therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities.
- The therapist suspects the client is in danger of seriously harming themselves or has threated to seriously harm another person. The therapist must notify the police and the intended victim.
1. All clients are treated with dignity and respect, irrespective of their culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
(i) Information given is confidential and will not be disclosed without consent unless disclosing it is in the public interest (this usually involves it helping to protect the client or others against the risk of possible harm), and it is required by law or by order of the court.
(ii) the client’s consent will be sought if information about them is to be used for the purpose of teaching, research, or supervision.
(iii) the client’s refusal to give consent for information about them to be used for the above purposes will not have any impact on their therapy.
(iv) Personal details are restricted to the minimum required for describing the therapeutic process and interventions used.
(i) Verbally or physically aggressive and violent behaviour is not acceptable and will result in the termination of therapy.
4. Clinical Supervision
(i) Clinical supervision is “a process of professional support and learning which helps individual practitioners develop their knowledge and competence, assume responsibility for their own practice, and enhance consumer protection and safety of care in complex situations.” NHS Management Executive (1993).
This is done through the therapist discussing and reflecting on cases with an identified supervisor and the support of colleagues. The client’s consent will be sought and personal details restricted to the minimum as stated in 1(iv)
5. If anyone feels uncomfortable during a session, this can be brought up and discussed, and they are free to leave.
It is important to develop and open and honest therapeutic relationship that involves the client and therapist working collaboratively.
6. Record Keeping
Notes of therapy sessions are kept throughout and by law records must be retained for 10 years.