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What are the client rights whenever he/she goes for counseling?

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What are the client rights whenever he/she goes for counseling?
posted Oct 8, 2018 by anonymous

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Client and Counsellor relationship is similar to any other service where counselor -
1. The counselor is supposed to maintain complete privacy of the client, any information shared with the counselor should not be disclosed to anyone without permisson.
2. The counselor should follow law of the land and should not misuse any information for monetary or non-monetary gain.
3. The counselor should fulfil the promise of the service which he/she suppose to provide till the client is satisfied.

One of the primary reasons clients choose to enter into a counseling relationship. They want to know they can share their inner fears, secrets, and desires with a neutral party, and that individual will not, and cannot, share that information with anyone else. But does what happen in a session always stay in a session? When does a therapist have to break confidentiality, why do they decide to share private information, and even more important, to whom? These are the following cases where the counselor can break the confidentiality with a client?
1. If the client may be an immediate danger to himself or others
2. If the client is endangering a population that cannot protect itself, such as the case of child or elder abuse
3. To share diagnosis information as necessary to obtain payment for services
4. As required by law.

answer Oct 10, 2018 by Salil Agrawal
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