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from the Academy:
Also in this issue: Reasons to Support the Petition on Confidentiality by Bernard McDowell, L.C.S.W.
April 2004, the Board of the Academy for the Study of the
Psychoanalytic Arts voted to join the American Mental Health
Alliance and the National Coalition of Mental Health
Professionals and Consumers in sponsoring the Licensed
Psychotherapists’ Confidentiality Petition.
Privacy in the consulting room today is threatened with
extinction due to decisions that have been and are being made
by the federal government, corporate medicine, and the
insurance industry. The purpose of this petition is to give
voice to practicing professionals who uphold their ethical
obligation to protect clients’ confidentiality
because they know trust and privacy are essential
elements of psychotherapy.
petition campaign is one step toward a “registry” of
professional opinion. The
registry is the brainchild of Bernard McDowell, L.C.S.W., of
Portland, Oregon. It
is a strategy to reclaim the “healing arts” from
government and corporate third-party payers and the
pharmaceutical industry. McDowell
argues that psychotherapy is a healing art and belongs to all
people. As such,
we must not allow it to be appropriated by federal and
corporate bureaucrats who seek to set “standards” to be
imposed on all psychotherapists and their clients—for
example, HIPAA. A
petition can make it clear that such “standards” are not
universally accepted and that there is a significant body of
professional opinion that opposes such practices as a
violation of clients’ privacy and of their own ethical duty
to maintain confidentiality.
include here the text of the petition along with the article
McDowell has written to explain his ideas about the registry
of professional opinion and the importance of this petition
you find yourself in agreement with the contents of the
petition, we urge you to join with us in supporting it.
To print a signable copy of the petition, go to www.academyprojects.org and click on Sign the Confidentiality Petition