The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which your therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, your therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself, your therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, your therapist will take further measures without their permission that are provided by law in order to ensure their safety.
Custody Evaluations/Testifying in Court
Marriage and Family Therapists serving in a clinical role must comply with the AAMFT Code of Ethics Principle 3.14, which states: “To avoid a conflict of interest, marriage and family therapists who treat minors or adults involved in custody or visitation actions may not also perform forensic evaluations for custody, residence, or visitation of the minor. The marriage and family therapist who treats the minor may provide the court or mental health professional performing the evaluation with information about the minor from the marriage and family therapist’s perspective. For example if you choose to subpoena your therapist regarding custody arrangements your therapist will only be able to respond with “I have not conducted the evaluation necessary to provide an opinion on this issue, so I cannot answer the question.” This is due to the above stated AAMFT Code of Ethics.
Disclaimer: If this is a life threatening emergency please call 911.
Sedgwick County Suicide Hotline 660-7500