Privacy and Confidentiality

According to the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice:

1) Counselors must respect their clients' right to privacy and avoid illegal and unwarranted disclosure of confidential information.

2) The right to privacy may be waived by the client or his or her legally recognized representative.

3) When circumstances require the disclosure of confidential information, only essential information is revealed. To the extent possible, clients are informed before confidential information is disclosed.

4) In family counseling, information about one family member cannot be disclosed to another member without permission. Counselors protect the privacy rights of each family member.

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