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Confidentiality/Privilege Exceptions

Exceptions to privileged communication as reported by Corey, Corey, and Callanan (1993):

1. When the therapist is appointed by the court
2. When there is a suicidal risk
3. When the client initiates a malpractice suit against the therapist (or supervisor)
4. When a client’s (or supervisee’s) mental health is questioned as part of a civil action
5. When the client is a child (under age 16) and is a victim of a crime
6. When information is mandated by the court
7. When clients need hospitalization for a psychological disorder
8. When clients express the intent to commit a crime or when they are accurately assessed as being dangerous to others or to themselves