Confidentiality as a Principle of the Activity of a Practicing Psychologist: the Current State of Regulatory Regulation and Prospects

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Abstract

This article provides an overview and analysis of ethical and legal requirements regarding confidentiality in the professional activities of a practicing psychologist. The legal and ethical aspects of maintaining confidentiality are outlined, as well as the legislative possibilities of determining its limits in the relationship “psychologist/ psychotherapist — client” are analyzed. The opinion is expressed that at the legislative level, the problems of confidentiality and the issues of its dissemination in the provision of psychological assistance are poorly developed. At the same time, the ethical requirements of confidentiality by practicing psychologists do not find legislative confirmation, which leads to uncertainty in practice. The proposals on the settlement of issues of confidentiality and its limits at the legislative level are presented, the draft legal norms defining the boundaries of confidentiality in therapeutic relationships are presented.

General Information

Keywords: confidentiality, psychologist, psychotherapist, client, therapeutic relationships, ethics, law

Journal rubric: Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2023130211

Received: 02.05.2023

Accepted:

For citation: Afanasieva I.V., Pimonov V.A. Confidentiality as a Principle of the Activity of a Practicing Psychologist: the Current State of Regulatory Regulation and Prospects [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2023. Vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 143–152. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2023130211. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Irina V. Afanasieva, PhD in Education, Associate Professor, Department of Legal Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3355-0469, e-mail: irinaafva@yandex.ru

Vladimir A. Pimonov, PhD in Law, Docent, Associate Professor, Department of Legal Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0006-4568-9720, e-mail: p_vlad70@mail.ru

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