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Confidentiality & Privacy

As a social worker, my profession and my professional ethics require me to keep everything discussed in therapy in confidence.  

No information can be disclosed to others without prior written permission from the client.

Please note that there are some exceptions to this rule.

Exceptions to Confidentiality Include:

(1)  Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or

elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report to appropriate authorities immediately.

(2)  If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), I am required by law to notify the police.  

(3)  If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.

(4)  My records can be subpoenaed by a court.

I respect your right to privacy and thus if I see you in public, I will not acknowledge you unless you choose to acknowledge me first.  

Pain is not a punishment; 

   pleasure is not a reward.

                    - Pema Chodron

Copyright © 2017 by Susin Garber  -  All Rights Reserved.

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