Whether you are working with a child or teen through formal counseling or in a more informal way, if you want to create an environment where the child or teen will open up and share at a level that will let you help them, the belief that what they share will remain confidential will be vital. After completing your readings this module, discuss the following:
How might you explain confidentiality to parents of a 12-year-old client during your first meeting with them?
How might you explain confidentiality to the same 12-year-old?
What if the child’s parent demands information about what their child has shared with you under the premise that they are the parent and have a right to know?
This same child reports to you that they are being abused by one of their parents but begs you not to tell anyone. Who do you report this to? What immediate steps do you take to ensure the child is safe?