PRIVACY POLICY

Professional responsibilities

I understand that Marilyn Vaccaro is a Registered Social Worker/Psychotherapist, registered with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and as such is governed by PHIPA.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is respected at all times. No information will be communicated, directly or indirectly, to a third party without your informed and written consent, with certain exceptions. The circumstances in which I will legally or ethically be bound to share information about you without your consent would include:

  • Any actual or suspected child abuse, neglect or risk of harm,

  • Instances where you may pose a threat to yourself or to others, or

  • If I am requested; for example, subpoenaed to attend Court, Coroner’s investigations, or an investigation by a professional college.

  • Animal abuse

Privacy of Personal Information

I understand that in order for Marilyn Vaccaro to provide me with counselling/psychotherapy services, she will collect some personal information about me (e.g. name, address, telephone number, health and social history) in order to help assess what my needs are.

Only information necessary to provide service will be obtained. This information will then be used to make an assessment and determine my treatment options.

I understand that I have the right to review and can request a copy of my personal information, barring a few rare exceptions.

Third party access to my personal health information will only be released with my expressed consent (except as otherwise noted above). A complete copy of the privacy policy is available under the Personal Health Information Protection ACT 2004.

All confidential information is stored in a locked filing cabinet in an office with a locked door. If transported, records are kept in a locked pouch. No other person has access to this information without expressed consent.

All records will be kept for a period of ten (10) years, and will be destroyed accordingly thereafter.

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