As in all counselling services, some records are kept
regarding the individuals I see. These records are are designed to ensure
continuity of service. All copies of client information are kept in a
locked area. All communications between us will be held in confidence and
will not, except under the circumstances explained below, be disclosed to
anyone unless you give written authorization to release the information.
Safeguarding the privacy of your personal information is an ethical
obligation that I take very seriously. If you would like me to talk about
you with someone, such as a doctor or an employer, I will ask you to sign a
release of information form.
There are three times when I am required to break
If I have reason to believe that a child is in need of protection,
I am required by law to report my concerns to a child protection social
worker in the Ministry of Children and Families.
If I have reason to believe that a person is a danger to
him/herself or others, I must notify the appropriate authorities e.g.
the RCMP, medical doctor or other people who have the ability to protect the
person at risk. You should also be aware, that at times I may be required
to notify the person who is in danger.
If a judge, coroner, ombudsman, children’s commission and other
such authorities order me to release records or to appear and provide
information, I am obligated to do so.
If at all possible, I will discuss the
procedures for making a disclosure with you and enlist your assistance in
resolution of the situation. It is a very unusual circumstance for
information about you to be shared without your awareness or explicit
permission. If you have any questions about privacy issues, I will be happy
to discuss them with you.