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Privacy and Confidentiality in the Therapeutic Relationship

Section 17
Ethics and The Myth of Patient Confidentiality

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- Center for Democracy & Technology. (jan 2009). HIPAA and Health Privacy: Myths and Facts Part 2. Center for Democracy & Technology, 1–12.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Barnett, J. E. (2019). The ethical practice of psychotherapy: Clearly within our reach. Psychotherapy, 56(4), 431–440.

Cleveland, K. C., & Quas, J. A. (2018). Parents’ understanding of the juvenile dependency system. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 24(4), 459–473,

Erickson Cornish, J. A., Smith, R. D., Holmberg, J. R., Dunn, T. M., & Siderius, L. L. (2019). Psychotherapists in danger: The ethics of responding to client threats, stalking, and harassment. Psychotherapy, 56(4), 441–448.

Give an example where the use or disclosure of medical information is explicitly permitted for certain health-related marketing under the Privacy Rule? To select and enter your answer go to Test.

Personal Reflection Exercise #5
The preceding section gave examples regarding how “the word ‘confidential’ has virtually no meaning.” Compare the ideas in this section with the preceding Section #4 which “idealized” confidentiality in a Consumer Alert. With the more realistic view of confidentiality presented in this section, how could the Consumer Alert in Section #4 be revised? Or should it be revised? What do you think?

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