The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychologist, and information cannot be disclosed without your written permission.
The law also sets limits to confidentiality, these include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If clients intend to harm themselves, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.
- If we believe that another health care practitioner has abused a patient in some way, then we have an obligation to report this information to the appropriate authority.
- If the courts demand our testimony or our files in proceedings.