Directions: There are a number of federal laws governing the
maintenance of confidentiality and disclosure of information (e.g., HIPPA,
FIRPA), and there may be unique statutes governing those populations with whom
you may be working (e.g., minors, HIV clients, elderly, etc.) or settings in
which you are working (e.g., drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers). It is
important to understand the laws and policies governing confidentiality and
disclosure for clients with whom you will work in your field placement. You are
invited to speak with your site supervisor to gain answers to each of the
following questions. Further, where possible, ask your supervisor to direct you
to the specific law, statute, policy, or principle governing confidentiality
1. Under what conditions am I to disclose client
information? What is the extent of the data to be disclosed?
2. To whom am I required to disclose client information? And
to what purpose is such disclosure made?
3. What are the limits to the confidentiality of client
records (including those I keep)? Who has access to client records?
4. What are the organization’s policies regarding acquiring
client consent before breaking confidentiality or for informing the client of
the necessity of such breaching of confidentiality?
5. What specific “threats” to violating laws and policies of
confidentiality would you (the supervisor) emphasize as needing my special