Consider the following case: Sam Saddest had cystic fibrosis with severe lung disease.
Cases 1 through 3 involved situations with clear legal authority; however, often mental health professionals will encounter circumstances in which the solution must rely on ethical principles as well as legal standards (Werth, Burke, & Bardash, 2002).For example, in some situations, the legal standard may allow disclosure, whereas clinical issues or the mental health of others may lead to an ethical decision in favor of nondisclosure.American history provides ample public examples of how breaches in confidentiality of mental health data have had major implications for both the clients and society. Fielding, better known as “Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist,” certainly did not suspect that the break-in at his office by F. Disclosures of confidential information received by therapists also played prominently in the press during the well-publicized murder trials of the Menendez brothers (Scott, 2005) and O. Subsequently, that same therapist drew disciplinary sanctions from the California licensing board because of that confidentiality violation.Thomas Eagleton, a United States Senator from Missouri, was dropped as George Mc Govern's vice presidential running mate in 1968 when it was disclosed that he had previously been hospitalized for the treatment of depression (Post, 2004). Should a mental health professional’s duty of confidentiality end when a client dies? Case 1: After the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman (see: Hunt, 1999) Susan J. The California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners subsequently barred Ms.He had also been a law partner and personal acquaintance of Hillary Clinton.
Foster had struggled with depression and had a prescription for Trazodone, authorized by his physician over the telephone just a few days earlier.Public cases are documented with media or legal citations.Other cases use intentionally humorous names and disguised details to protect the privacy of those involved. agents on September 3, 1971, might ultimately lead to the conviction of several high officials in the Nixon White House and contribute to the only resignation of an American president (Morganthau, Lindsay, Michael, & Givens, 1982; Stone, 2004). In the Menendez case, threats made by one brother to the other’s psychotherapist, Dr. In the Simpson case, a psychotherapist who had briefly treated the late Nicole Simpson drew national attention when she felt the need to “go public” shortly after the homicide, revealing content from the therapy sessions.Material in this online course has been adapted from Ethics in Psychology and the Mental Health Professions: Standards and Cases (Edition), published by Oxford University Press, and additional new material has been added. Koocher and Patricia Keith-Spiegel, all rights reserved.Please note that all case material has been drawn from public records or the experience of the authors.Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Net dba Social Work Courses is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Net dba Social Work Courses is approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (OH-CSWMFT) to offer continuing education for counselors, social workers, and MFTs. The materials in this course are based on current published ethical standards and the most accurate information available to the authors at the time of writing.