As part of providing a quality psychological service to you, the clinical psychologist will carry out ongoing psychological assessment and record personal information about you that is relevant to your current situation. This information will be used to inform any treatment that is carried out.
Purpose of collecting and holding information
Information that is gathered about you as part of your assessment, diagnosis and treatment will be seen only by your treating psychologist (except where legislation requires otherwise – see ‘Confidentiality’). The information is retained in order to document what happens during sessions, and enables your psychologist to provide a relevant and informed psychological service.
Access to Client Information
At any stage you as a client are entitled to access the information about you that is kept on file, unless the relevant legislation provides otherwise. The psychologist may discuss with you appropriate forms of access if required.
All personal information gathered by the psychologist during the provision of the psychological service will remain confidential and secure except where:
- It is subpoenaed by a court, or
- Failure to disclose the information would place you or another person at serious and imminent risk; or
- Your prior written approval has been obtained to:
- provide a written report to another professional or agency (e.g. GP or lawyer); or
- discuss the material with another person (e g. parent or employer); or
- Disclosure is otherwise required or authorised by law.