Ethical and Legal Concerns for MFTs in the Context of Clergy-Collaborative Care: Is What I Share Really Confidential?
marriage and family therapy, MFT, therapy, law, clergy, religion
Research identifies collaborative care as an effective approach to increasing the effectiveness of clients’ change work, yet collaborative care can undermine therapy if collaboration somehow alters the context of therapy. Our point of focus here is MFT-clergy collaboration, which places legal protection of confidentiality at risk through disclosures to clergy, who operate in a distinct, Constitutionally protected niche where the weight of the law is prevented from being used to mandate and help ensure confidentiality. With uneven legal and professional realities, we recommend that therapists utilize distinct protocols when engaging in therapist-clergy collaborative care in order to mitigate risk for their clients and themselves.
Original Publication Citation
Butler, M. H., & Zamora, J. P. (2013). Ethical and legal concerns for MFTs in the context of clergy-collaborative care: Is what I share really confidential? American Journal of Family Therapy, 41(2), 85-109.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Butler, Mark H. and Zamora, Justin P., "Ethical and Legal Concerns for MFTs in the Context of Clergy-Collaborative Care: Is What I Share Really Confidential?" (2013). Faculty Publications. 4463.
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