Note Taking and Record Keeping


Reproduced by kind permission of Howden Professionals

Written in 2009, primarily in relation to Counselling and Psychotherapy, the following information is of use and interest to hypnotherapists too.
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This is a tricky area and needs to be approached with care and thought. Guidance and recommendations vary widely depending on the modality of your work. In some models of Psychotherapy, for example, record keeping is, in itself, seen as a breach of client confidentiality. In most therapeutic interventions however, note taking and record keeping is a recognised and valuable part of the process. Keeping records though, brings with it some onerous responsibilities, many of them codified in the Data Protection Act 1998.

The Data Protection Act 1998 replaced both


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