Teamwork and Collaboration
Inter-professional collaboration is an invaluable resource and a great asset in treatment and recovery. Within the confines of confidentiality policies and HIPAA regulations, I am committed to working together with other clinicians and professionals to promote the wellness and success of the individuals we serve.
I welcome communication, consultation, and collaboration with other clinicians and medical providers, teachers, pastors/clergy, teachers, probation officers, attorneys, etc. – however only by the written consent of the client. A HIPAA compliant consent for release of information form is required prior to discussing any protected health information. Clients may request a form in session and/or from support staff.
There may be times when I limit collaboration or communication with others. Client empowerment is central to my practice, so I encourage my client’s to self-advocate and problem solve as independently as possible. I avoid doing for my client what she/he can be doing. In such a scenario, I will work with the individual to build skills to support independence and self-sufficiency, and I will encourage them to make an attempt on their own before I will step in. Additionally, I may limit contact with other professionals or individual regarding a case in order to maintain objectivity, adhere to the ethical guidelines of my profession, or protect my role as a treatment provider (as opposed to an investigator, magistrate, parent, etc.).