1.03 Legal & Ethical Review Guide

American Psychological Association. (2002a). Criteria for the development and evaluation of practical guidelines. American Psychologist, 57, 1048-1051. In certain circumstances, the psychologist may consider a method to notify clients of changes in the custody of their records. This may be particularly important for clients whose files are open or who have recently terminated their services. The psychologist may consider including in the disposition plan, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements, a provision to publicly disclose changes in record retention, such as posting a notice in the local newspaper. Specific state and federal laws and regulations govern the psychological retention of records. To the extent possible, this document attempts to provide guidelines that are generally consistent with these acts and regulations.

In the event of any conflict between these Guidelines and any federal or state law or ordinance, such law or ordinance supersedes these policies. Psychologists are expected to use their education, skills and training to identify relevant issues and try to resolve conflicts in a manner consistent with both law and ethical practice. It is important to note that multidisciplinary records may not benefit from the same level of confidentiality as is generally accorded to psychological records. Psychologists working in these settings are encouraged to be sensitive to this broader access to information and to record only those information that meets the requirements of the organization and is necessary to accurately represent the services provided. In this situation, if institutional rules and legal and regulatory requirements permit, the psychologist may keep more sensitive information, such as therapy notes, in a separate and confidential file.10 Disclosures Psychologists raise many questions about how Standards 1.02 and 1.03 relate to the disclosure of confidential information. Review the current wording of Standard 4.05. After developing a proposal for revision, copps solicited comments and integrated suggestions from the APA`s ethics and legal departments. The BPA reviewed and approved the draft for publication of a call for comments. As part of the call for comments, all APA divisions and individual members received feedback. COPPS presented the draft at the APA congresses of 30 July 2004 and 11 August 2006 and asked APA members for their views. The observations and recommendations were taken up by COPPS and a revised draft was submitted to BPA on 9 November 2006. BPA approved the project in principle and appointed it for approval in principle by the Board of Directors at its meeting from 8 to 9 December 2006.

The Executive Board approved the draft in principle on 9 December 2006 and COPPS further revised the draft and took into account the amendments recommended by BPA at its meeting on 8 and 9 December 2006 and at the end of 2006. The final draft was submitted to the Board for approval at its February 2007 meeting and was submitted on February 16, 2007. February 2007. Considerations on the level of detail of the dataset: A psychologist makes decisions about the level of detail at which the case is documented. Psychologists evaluate customer service with legal and ethical requirements and risks. Information written in vague or general terms may not be sufficient if additional documentation is required (for example, for continuity of care, adequate defense against crime, misconduct, or complaints from state licensing authorities). However, some clients may express a desire for the psychologist to keep a minimal record to ensure maximum protection and privacy. While there may be benefits to keeping minimum records, such as: Given concerns about risk management or concerns about unintentional disclosure, there is an alternation of legitimate arguments in favor of keeping a very detailed record. These may include factors such as better opportunities for the treatment provider to identify trends or patterns of therapeutic interaction, a better ability to reconstruct treatment details for litigation, and more effective ways to engage in monitoring and advice. The following topics can provide a guide to help the psychologist deal with these tensions: Emergency Relief Or Disaster Relief Facilities.

When psychologists provide crisis intervention services to people in an emergency, the records created may be smaller due to the demands of the situation. The psychologist may be guided by the supervisory body with regard to the elements necessary for registration.