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Confidentiality in the field of mental health

Confidentiality is one of the most significant ethical and legal issues in the field of mental health. Clients/patients rely on this confidentiality when they share their personal issues with the therapist.

1) According to the American Psychological Association (2013), "psychologists have a primary obligation and take reasonable precautions to protect confidential information obtained through or stored in any medium" (para 1). Basically does this mean? Provide an example.

American Psychological Association. (2013). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved on July 7, 2013, from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx?item=7

2). The APA Code of Ethics that states that, "Psychologists take reasonable steps to avoid harming their clients/patients, students, supervisees, research participants, organizational clients and others with whom they work, and to minimize harm where it is foreseeable and unavoidable" (APA, 2013, para 4). Essentially what does this code mean exactley? Provide an example.

American Psychological Association. (2013). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved on July 7, 2013, from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx?item=7

Use a min. of one scholary source and cite any sources used with an APA format

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1. This essentially means that psychologists have a duty to maintain the confidentially of medical or mental health information obtained about patients, in order to prevent the disclosure of this information to unauthorized individuals. This also means that it is absolutely essential that the psychologists utilize any information that they obtained from mental health data sources, in a method by which to provide professional assistance to clients and/or patients, or to increase their own knowledge in a particular area. Which means that this information ...

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