The law and professional ethics protect the privacy of communications between a client and a psychologist. Information can be disclosed only with written permission of the client.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person, I am required to take protective actions. These may include informing the potential victim, contacting the police, or seeking hospitalization of the client.
- If a client threatens to harm himself or herself, I may be obligated to seek hospitalization for him/her or contact family members or others who can help provide protection.
- If I have reason to believe that a child, elderly person or disabled person is being abused by a client, I may be required to contact the appropriate state agency.
If any of these exceptions occur with a client, I will make every effort to discuss it with my client before taking action.