The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
- When the client or those persons legally resonsible for the affairs of the client give consent to the disclosure;
- When the client initiates legal action or makes a complaint against the licensed professional counselor to the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists;
- When the communication to the counselor by the client reveals the intent to commit a crime or harmful act;
- When the communication reveals that a minor is or is suspected to be the victim of a crime, abuse or neglect; or
- When responding to an inquiry by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists made during the course of an investigation into the conduct of the licensee under ORS 676.165 to 676.180.
- In cases of suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.