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Confidentiality case study: part 1

This case delves into maintaining client confidentiality when personal and professional lives intersect.

You're at a party with your friend Sally and recognize a client, John. You haven’t seen John in a while, and he doesn't acknowledge you, but you know about his history of health challenges. Sally thinks John is cute and goes over to introduce herself. Do you:

A: Tell Sally to avoid John because he looks like trouble.

B: Tell Sally he was a client, and might be very sick.

C: Tell Sally nothing.

D: Tell Sally you're tired and want to head home.

Please note

Dec. 7, 2018

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send us feedback on part 1 of this case study. While the responses were overwhelmingly positive, we did hear from one reader who was concerned that describing a client with bipolar disorder in this context could be interpreted as stigmatizing people with mental health challenges. This was not our intent, and we have edited the case to avoid any misinterpretation.

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