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CAPTP Colloquium: Confidentiality and Privilege

Date: Mar 12, 2020 11:45 am


Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program

William Alanson White Institute

20 West 74th Street, Room 1A


Thursday, March 12, 2020

11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Bruce Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D.

Confidentiality and Privilege in Psychotherapy with Minors

Topics to be discussed include:  informed consent, minors and the necessity of parental involvement; reporting child abuse and neglect, minding the mandate, and crimes against children; the SAFE Act and reporting of dangerousness; access to minors’ records by parents and third parties; involvement if family legal matters and the role of the treating therapist/fact-witness.

Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D., Ph.D. is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Garden City, NY.  A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University Derner Institute (Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Programs), he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and director of a forensic mental health service.  He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. He currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute. He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. He has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and healthcare publications, most recently regarding scope of practice and disciplinary defense.  He is a "SuperLawyer" featured in the New York Times Magazine.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will acquire knowledge of the legal issues involved in the confidentiality of treatment information of minor patients.

Objective 2: Participants will learn risk management principles consistent with best practices involved in confidentiality of treatment information of minors.