Confidentiality in Groups: Discussion of Dilemmas
Confidentiality among members is necessary for groups with psychoeducational or counsellings objectives to accomplish their goals. Agreeing on confidentiality helps to build trust among members, and trust is of primary importance if group cohesiveness and personal growth of individuals are to occur.
In spite of the importance of confidentiality, it can be difficult to enforce and impossible to guarantee. In this presentation I will discuss the importance of skills of the group leader when covering the topic of confidentiality. Ethical dilemmas will be presented and a discussion of how they can be addressed by the group leader will be included.
Keywords: Group Work, Ethics, Confidentiality
Dr. Heather Higgins
Assistant Professor, School of Education, Acadia University