Coaches who work with adolescents have the difficult task of protecting the adolescent’s right to privacy while at the same time respecting the parent's or guardian's right to information. Mentoring and coaching is most effective when a trusting relationship exists between the coach and the adolescent/child. Privacy is especially important in securing and maintaining that trust. In our office,we provide individual sessions to adolescents and ensure the caregiver/parent is involved in the process through consultation with them. At times, the parent/caregiver may even participate in the sessions if needed. However, to ensure the child’s privacy we will not provide detailed information to the parent/caregiver regarding what the child shared unless the child provides consent. Instead, general themes, ideas and recommendations will be provided as well as support and encouragement to the parent/caregiver. If it is necessary to refer your child to a mental health professional, we will share that information with you. Other areas of confidentiality will be discussed during the first session with the adolescent in the presence of their parent/caregiver to ensure complete understanding and agreement prior to the initiation of workign with Dr. Delorean.
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