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Clinician-Client Confidentiality

If you are in counseling, this law applies to you!

In summery you have the following rights:

1. To have the extent of the confidentiality between you and your therapist clearly explained to you before any other discussion. In a nutshell, they can’t say anything without your permission unless you are a threat to yourself or others.

2. To sign a Release of Information form (ROI). Assuming you are not an imminent threat to society they cannot talk to ANYONE about what you say in therapy. This includes parents, teachers, and peers. They cannot even speak to school officials about it. You can however sign an ROI which says explicitly who they can tell what to for how long. You have the right to rescind this permission at any time!

Note: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does NOT apply to documents created by your therapist. These documents are covered under other federal and state disability laws.