APCP are registered with the National Vetting Bureau. All members have agreed to vetting for purposes of professional practice as counsellors and psychotherapists. APCP acts in accordance with the Code of Practice on Garda Vetting as issued by the National Vetting Bureau in respect of all applications made to the National Vetting Bureau and all data received from them in relation to Vetting applications.
APCP acknowledge that all data received from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of any individual is for the sole use of APCP and have given an undertaking that all data disclosed to the Association is managed and protected within the statutory provisions of the Data Protection Act and any other legislation that may be enacted in respect of Data Protection or National Vetting.
One of the key fundamentals of counselling and psychotherapy is maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of clients and in that regard maintaining trust and client autonomy. The protection of confidentiality ultimately protects sensitive client information. Disclosure of client information can be either through clients consent or may be mandated through the legal system.
Limited confidentiality does apply in counselling and psychotherapy especially where there is a danger to the client or others, this does not infer an ethical breach of confidentiality, as limited confidentiality should be discussed at the contracting stage with all clients.
Any disclosures of client information should be undertaken in ways that work to protect client’s autonomy, this is very important in supervision, research and in team discussions.
Please refer to the Confidentiality section in the APCP Code of Ethics for further guidance.