Client Confidentiality Essay

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Client Confidentiality Confidentiality is one of the most vital components discussed in the ACA Code of Ethics. Confidentiality protects the client’s rights as well as the counselors’ from potentially causing harm to the client. Potentially harmful situations could damage the overall progress of the client’s mental stability and well-being. Clients are asked to understand the role of the counselor as well as their legal rights before counseling commences. Informed consent involves the counselor explaining the benefits and risks of counseling as well as its alternatives. It also allows the counselor permission to record counseling sessions in writing, and via video and auditory means. Once these issues are explained to the potential client, the client is asked to sign legal documents that state the client understands and agrees to the services to be provided and their potential dangers. Confidentiality is an ethical term denoting a counseling practice relevant to privacy. A student who has a counseling relationship with a professional school counselor has the right to privacy and the promise of confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality exist, and students should be informed that situations arise in which school counselors must inform others of information obtained in counseling relationships in order to protect students themselves or others. Privileged communication between a professional school counselor and a a legal term granting privilege to a counseling relationship only if said “privilege” is granted by federal or state statue. If “privilege” applies it can provide additional safeguards to confidential information (ASCA 2010). As a professional one must manage confidentiality by protecting personal identifiable and sensitive in formation from unauthorized disclosure. Respecting the clients privacy are fundamental requirements for
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