Privileged communication in the psychologist-client relationship

Harriet L. Glosoff, Barbara Herlihy, Scott B. Herlihy, E. Berton Spence

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Determining the status of privileged communications between psychologists and clients is a complex task. There is considerable variation across states with respect to the scope of psychologist-client privilege, and several sections of state codes directly and indirectly influence its status. An analysis of state laws related to privileged communication in the psychologist-client relationship is presented and prevalent legal exceptions and trends related to client privilege are discussed. Implications for practice to assist psychologists in balancing their ethical and legal obligations also are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-580
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1997


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