Essay Helper Client Confidentiality

Good Essays
Informed consent and confidentiality play a very important role in the helping profession. The helper needs to clearly communicate to the client that the information shared with them is confidential, meaning that it is not reused for any other purpose other than to assist the client with what they are there to work on (Hill, p.65). The professional must also communicate the three exceptions in which the information shared is not kept confidential. Those exceptions are:
1) When information regarding child, adult, or elder abuse is revealed.
2) When the client reports information that he or she is in danger of harming oneself or others.
3) When the client has authorized in writing that information from ones file can be released.
It is
…show more content…
There is always hope that they will change their mind someday, should they still see therapy as a benefit rather than a cost. The helper should always be honest and open with his/her client, as well show respect and professional boundaries. That being said, the therapist is a human being and it is possible to inadvertently place the client at risk of harm. An example of that could be related to the therapist being rushed between clients and not securing a client’s file in a locked drawer, or perhaps even leaving it in plain sight for the next client to see the name on the outside of the file/chart. The therapist clearly did not intend to cause the client harm, but through his or her lack of mindfulness, the client’s identity is no longer protected as the standards of practice dictate it should be. Another possible incident of a professional helper causing harm to a client is by sharing too much personal information about him or herself. The professional helper’s intention may be to help the client feel comfortable and at ease to open up, however, professional boundaries should be maintained. One example is the helper sharing that his or her own experience with divorce. If details related to their own emotions and how it affected them are shared, then the client could feel as though the professional is giving them a template to follow. A client is in a particularly vulnerable state when seeking therapy, and could perceive the therapist’s
Get Access