• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Treatment of Minors
Treatment of minors

This chapter examines the practice of psychotherapy and counseling with minor clients, which is often complex when relating to laws, ethics, and record keeping (see Appendix J). It is our intent to answer the challenging questions that follow: Can a minor child initiate psychotherapy without his or her parents’ or legal guardian's consent? Are there certain ages and conditions in which a minor may initiate psychotherapy without parental or legal guardian consent? Does a minor have a legal right to refuse psychotherapy? What are the criteria for becoming an emancipated minor? Who is the holder of privilege of confidential information with an emancipated minor? Do parents have the right to request access to psychotherapy records regarding their son or daughter? ...

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