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    Confidentiality in Therapy with Adolescents

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    As a therapist your client is a sixteen year old Hispanic female sent to therapy by her parents when she told them she had been molested. She also has behavioral issues possibly related to the abuse. According to her parents, she locks herself in her room when she gets home, sneaks out, writes dark and disturbing poetry, and they suspect that she has at least passive suicidal thoughts.

    Think about what you need to know based on what the parents have told you.

    (Question) What do you do about confidentiality?

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    The question of confidentiality with teenagers is a tough one, as they are still minors, but are old enough to be deserving of full confidentiality. Consequently, it can be difficult for therapists to know where they stand in terms of confidentiality.

    According to Behneke and Warner (2002; see article here: http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar02/confidentiality.aspx), the question of confidentiality must be explored from three different perspectives: the law, clinical practice, and ethics.

    -Law: Parents are the ones who consented to treatment, as a minor cannot do this (except in special circumstances). Therefore, the law states that children under the age of 18 cannot make treatment decisions. "A parent who consents on the minor's behalf ...

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    This solution of 430 words will outline the issue of confidentiality when conducting therapy with minors, namely, adolescents. References used are included.