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on: July 10, 2011, 20:11
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By John Foy on 01-02-2004 01:15 AM
If a parent chooses not to be present while their child is in a session, is the hypnotist obligated to give a full disclosure of what was said and done with the child?

I have a family that wants my assistance. Mom, two girls and a step father. One girl is 12 years old and weights 200 lbs. The other girl is 14 years old and has a really bad attitude. Mom calls me and wants to know if hypnosis can be of assistance. I suggested that I meet with the family as a whole at their home to go over the pretalk and then we'll decided if hypnosis would be of value.

Now, with what little information I have so far, my gut feeling tells me there is something wrong with this family and that it most likely involves the role of the parents.

So, lets say I work with the overweight girl and learn from her in private that the family has problems (nothing illegal or immoral). Say, for example, that dad is a heavy drinker and gets verbally obnoxious. If mom asks about what went on during the session, am I obligated to tell her?

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John Foy
jfoy@triadhypnosis.com
Winston-Salem, NC

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on: July 10, 2011, 20:13
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By Shaun Brookhouse on 01-02-2004 03:06 AM
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Hi John

In the UK we have the Children's Act which basically says that we as therapists must have an adult present durring the therapy. I think it would be wise to check with your State to see what the regulations are relating to working with children and confidentiality.

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By Scot Giles on 01-02-2004 12:57 PM
To the best of my knowledge there is no requirement in the US to have a parent present when working with a minor child. However, you should get a signed consent form from the parent.

At times, typically with teens, I find it is far better not to have the parent present as often the teen needs to talk about the parent. So what I ask the teen and parent to do is to make a decision between themselves and to tell me what they have agreed to regarding parental presence. If they can't agree, I do not accept the client.

With minor children, there are other issues given the current legal climate. I always have the parents present with someone under 15-16 and if not possible, I decline the client. I've even felt the need to video some of these session (parent present) in case I needed to worry about entrapment. Only did that for one client, but when it became clear that I would not agree not to video, the parent/child went elsewhere. That was okay with me.

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