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Ethics... Exoploring Privacy and Confidentiality: Gray Areas
Ethics: Exploring Privacy & Confidentiality - Gray Areas!

Section 4
Track #4 - Recognizing Child Maltreatment, Maladies, & Mental Illness

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The correct answer, of course, is B, care is taken to determine the information's validity. The duty to warn, as I just mentioned known as the Tarasoff Decision, overrides client's right to give consent.

Answer C, the client was instructed earlier about the limits of confidentiality, is false because the duty to warn applies even if the client was not previously instructed about it. C describes what would be a good practice, but it's not required.

Answer B, however, is required. It would be destructive to violate a client's confidentiality and arouse the anxiety of a presumably threatened third party on the basis of invalid information.

Answer D, the client has a serious and persistent mental illness, is incorrect, because the duty to warn applies to persons with any diagnosis or even no diagnosis at all.

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Abuse of children, no doubt, is one of the greatest social maladies of our time, and current statistics, although staggering, may reflect only the surface of the problem.

Human service professionals -- including psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, teachers, and psychologists -- are required by law to report known or suspected child maltreatment.

- Rothstein, M. A. (2014). Tarasoff Duties after Newtown. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 42(1), 104-109.
- Administration for Children & Families. (august 2014). Confidentiality Toolkit. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 1-129.

Online Continuing Education QUESTION 4
You are about to finish a session with Helen the mother and Jodie the daughter. You feel Helen has pent up hostility towards her daughter. You notice that as Jodie reaches for her school books to leave, her sleeve pulls up to reveal a cut and large bruise on her arm. The first thing you should do would be:
a. contact Child Protective Services about the possibility of abuse
b. ask Helen how the injury happened
c. wait until the next session to discuss the situation
d. ask the child in private how the cut and bruise happened
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