California law protects the relationship between a client and a therapist. Information cannot be disclosed without permission. There are, however, exceptions to this law. The law requires all mental health practitioners to report the following conditions:
* If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or persons, I must notify the police as well as the intended victim.
* Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. I will report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
* If a client intends to harm him/herself, I will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation in insuring their safety. If the client does not cooperate, I will take further measures, even without the client’s permission and utilize what is provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.