This concise volume examines exactly what is involved in keeping adequate clinical records of individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy. The authors discuss: limits of confidentiality; retention and disposing of records; documentation of safety issues; client access to records; treatment of minors; and training and supervision issues. Throughout the book, legal cases, vignettes and professional commentary help readers to consider legal and ethical issues.
Chapter 10: Client Access to Records
Client Access to Records
What would you do if a client of yours comes to you and states “I want to read my records”? How would you respond? Would you be alarmed or calm about the nature of the question? The purpose of this chapter is to help you understand what rights your clients have in gaining access to their records and to offer recommendations about how you might respect these rights. Although the record is the property of the provider, records are maintained for the benefit of both the client and the psychotherapist. We also examine what might be considered an appropriate response to such a request.
Client Rights to Records
Official Guidelines for Release
Because the information contained in the record is the ...