All About Love House of God, Inc
Women’s Empowerment Group
& Psychological Healing Services
3713 Grant Place, NE
Washington, DC 20019
ISSUES OF CONFIDENTIALLY
We place high regard on the confidentiality of the information that our clients share with us. This sheet was prepared to clarify our legal and ethical responsibilities regarding this important issues.
Personal information that you share with us may be entered into your records in written form. However, an effort is generally made to avoid entry of information, which may be especially sensitive or embarrassing. The only individual with access to our files are staff members who are either directly involved in providing services to you and those performing related clerical tasks. All of these persons are aware of the strict confidential nature of the information in the records. Persons outside our office are not allowed access to our files.
RELEASE OF INFORMATION TO OTHERS
If for some reason there is a need to share information in your record with someone not employed here (for example, your physician or another therapist), you will first be consulted and asked to sign a form authorizing a transfer of the information. Because of the information contained in some records, you may wish to discuss the release of this material and related implications very carefully before you sign. The form will specify the information, which you give us permission to release to the other party and will specify the time period during which the information may be released. You can revoke your permission at any time by simply giving us written notice.
EXCEPTIONS TO CONFIDENTIALITY
There are several important instances when confidential information may be released to others.
First, if the Court (“court ordered”) has referred you to this agency, you can assume that the Court wishes to receive some type of report or evaluation. You should discuss with us exactly what information may be included in a report to the Court before you disclose and confidential material. In such instances, you have right to tell us only what you want us to know.
Second, if you are involved in litigation of any kind and inform the court of the services that you received from us (making your mental health an issue before the court), you may be waving your right to keep your records confidential. You may wish to consult your attorney regarding such matters before you disclose that you have received treatment.
Third, if you threaten to harm either yourself or someone else and we believe your threat to be serious, we are obligated under the law to take whatever actions seem necessary to protect people from harm. This may include divulging confidential information to others and would only be done under unusual circumstances where someone’s life appeared to be in danger.
Fourth, if we have reason to believe that you are abusing or neglecting your children, we are obligated by law to report this to appropriate state agency. The law is designed to protect children from harm and the obligation to report suspected abuse or neglect are clear I this regard.
In addition, there may be some other rare instances in which you waive your rights to have your records protected. If you are involved in any type of current or potential legal difficulties, we suggest that you discuss matters with your attorney before informing others of the services you have received here.
In summary, we make every reasonable effort to safeguard the personal information, which you share with us. There are, however, certain instances when we may be obligated under the law to release such information to others. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please feel free to discuss your concerns with us.
In short form:
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.?
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.?
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.