We cannot overemphasize the need for maintaining absolute confidentiality regarding all client matters. Refer to Psychological Clinic Handbook for a review of HIPAA guidelines. The following are some specific guidelines for protecting this most basic of client rights:
- To coordinate the needs of literally hundreds of students, supervisors, and clients, a large volume of paperwork is generated. Records should never be left in public view. Records should always be "shredded" before they are discarded.
- Clients should never be referred to by name in the hallways, lounges, etc.
- The general principle is: No information, either written or verbal, may be shared with persons other than the case supervisor without the client's explicit written permission. If the client is under 18, his or her parent or guardian's consent must be obtained.