Is it confidential?

I respect your right to privacy and confidentiality. Information in your clinical file will not be communicated, directly or indirectly, to a third party without your informed and written consent.

There are, however, some legal and ethical exceptions to this rule, which may limit your right to privacy and confidentiality. All Psychologists may be required to break confidentiality to:

  • inform the Children’s Aid Society when there is a suspicion of a child being at risk or in need of protection due to neglect, or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
  • release a client’s file if court ordered to do so
  • inform an appropriate family member, health care professional, or police if necessary of a client’s intention to end his or her own life
  • inform a potential victim of violence of a client’s intention to harm
  • report a regulated health practitioner who has had a sexual relationship with a client
  • provide access to the clinical records to the College of Psychologists of Ontario as legally required

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