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DIRECTIONS: Read the following case example and determine if an ethical violation

occurred. If a violation occurred, state what code was violated and include what sanction your

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ethics committee recommends, i.e. license suspension, license revoked, probation, administrative

fine, continuing education, etc.

 

 

1.) During a counseling session, Bob, a 16 year old client, told Dr. Phil that he was so depressed he

didn’t have the strength to go on. When Dr. Phil asked what he might do, Bob said the next time

he goes hunting with his grandfather he could use the rifle on himself. Dr. Phil immediately sent

Bob to the hospital for evaluation. This angered Bob’s father who believed his son wasn’t

serious. He withdrew Bob from the hospital against their orders and filed a grievance against Dr.

Phil for an unlawful breach of confidentiality and seeking medical treatment without parental

consent.

 

 

 

2.) It was discovered that one of Sally’s clients was involved in selling drugs, but was

guaranteed by Sally that she would not report him or her. Sally believed this did not

necessitate a breach of confidentiality. Her client was apprehended by the authorities &

they have filed an ethical grievance against her for failure to notify the authorities. What

does your committee recommend?

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