Information regarding patients and their families is to be held in confidence. Cases may be discussed with supervisors and/or faculty members directly involved; however, they are not to be discussed with friends, roommates, or any other person outside of the Clinic. Caution always should be exercised regarding the discussion of patients. Do not talk about patients in the waiting room, in the observation rooms, in the halls, restrooms, lounges, or anywhere that the conversation might be overheard by other individuals. Breach of confidentiality may result in dismissal from the clinical preparation program.
An individual's right to privacy is assured through the federal legislation including the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment, PL 93-380 or FERPA), as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students should be familiar with the provisions of these acts which set forth both access rights and privacy rights with respect to all records of children, youth, and their parents. Requests for information or questions about patients from other parties are to be directed to the student's supervisor.