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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.

QUESTION 17
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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