By Elizabeth Perzan, MSW, RSW
Editor’s Note: One of the most difficult, yet necessary parts of a therapist’s job is the “Duty to Report.” Our society prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of a child over the privacy and confidentiality of a client. But involving an outside agency based on a suspicion or a deeply personal disclosure is never an easy decision.
It is not up to the therapist to decide whether or not a child is truly at risk. That is a decision made by Child and Family Services and it is well beyond our scope of practice. Reports must be done at the risk of harm to the therapeutic relationship because there are no other alternatives. No professional wants to be that one person who could have prevented a tragedy, but didn’t because they weren’t sure enough or they wanted to give someone the benefit of the doubt. And the laws are written to prevent those sorts of judgment calls.
Every case where this must occur is challenging for both the client and the therapist. But this article is not about making you scared to say the wrong thing in front of a therapist. It was written with the intention of being fully transparent and helping you to understand more about the guidelines that all helping professionals must adhere to.
We hope this helps.
By Kristen Sohlman, HBA, RP
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