This is about over exposure of too much, content too detailed in background information in a record that exposes the personal life of a client, not the therapist clinical diagnosis or interpretation of the patient for assessment. Other clients, (leaving out who’s client, when & where) have been upset about reading the intake chart. A typical response is that I shared the information with the therapist so that he/she could assist me. “I’m willing to re-share my background as needed with new therapist, however, I feel betrayed having my personal information written up in a file for others to read with out my permission or knowledge.” These clients feel that they should have been informed that their conversations would be recorded in a file before being asked personal questions. My research is in studying this situation from the clients point of view in regard to privacy regulations and client attitudes toward privacy violations. I prefer to study this situation from the view point of a client’s privacy and only from the view point of the therapist in how other therapist feel about their own privacy in therapy records, violations of privacy and therapist actions to amend records as provided by HIPPA. I hope you can still contribute. Thanks.
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