You definitely want to make sure not to inadvertently create an inappropriate dual relationship with a client. 

In fact, it is not uncommon for state regulatory boards to determine that a clinician and client being in the same 12 step group is professional misconduct. 

You might want to consider attending a 12 step meeting that is located in a different community than the one you work in.  Another option would be to look for one-on-one or small group recovery support.

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This sounds like a potentially serious situation. The most important thing is to make sure the child is safe.  If you suspect that a child is (or has been) harmed, I would strongly recommend that you report your concerns to your local law enforcement or to Child Protective Services. If you don't think that a child is in danger, you can still report your suspicion of counselor misconduct to the state regulatory board.

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Thanks for asking this question. I know it can be really difficult to deal with issues like this.

To answer your question, you might be able to get you brother some mental health help, even if he doesn't recognize that he needs it. In most states, an individual can request a mental health evaluation of a family member if that family member poses a danger to themselves or someone else, or if they are unable to take care of their own basic needs.

You can always call 911 if you are concerned about his immediate safety (for example if you find him sleeping outside in below freezing weather.  As an alternative to calling 911, you might also be able to request an evaluation from an authorized mental health provider.  The deatsils of who you would contact vary from state to state. Here's a link with some additional resources:

http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/someone-i-know-is-in-crisis

He's lucky to have a brother who cares for his wellbeing as much as you do.

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Typically, a therapist cannot force a client to receive any treatment they do not want.  In the end, it is the clients who get to decide what type of treatment they want.


If a therapist believes that their client is in imminent danger of harm however, the therapist might have an obligation to take actions to protect their client.  In such a case, the therapist would need to discuss the options with the client, and come up with a plan to best protect the client.

In a situiaon like this, it would probably be a good idea to talk to the therapist about the possilbe positvies and negatives of the treatmetn center.  A good therpist will be happy to have that conversation with you and allow you to make the final decisions about your own treatment.

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I know it can be really tough when a loved one is in the hospital and you aren't being told what is going on.

In general, both Federal and State confidentiality laws prohibit health care providers from giving out private information about patients to non-family members.

Unfortunately, you will probably just have to wait until he is released (or until you can visit him) to find out from him what is going on.

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My recommendation would be to try to talk to your therapist about this  from your description, it sounds like you have a legitimate explanation for missing your scheduled session. Maybe if you could explain that to her she would be willing to work with you. 

If she is not willing to consider your explanation and if she is not willing to continue working with you, she still has an ethical obligation to provide you with referral resources to another therapist.

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I'm really sorry to hear that you are going through this.

It's a little difficult to answer your question because the laws that define child abuse are different from state to state. But usually, things like what you describe your dad is doing are not considered to be child abuse.

The more important thing is how you feel about what is going on. It sounds like this is really bothering you.

If you don't think you can talk to your dad about how you feel, you might want to try talking to another adult you trust (like a family member or teacher). They may be able to help you figure out some ways to communicate with your dad.

I think you might feel better if you can talk to someone about how your are feeling.

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You should be able to get a replacement ID card either from the Personnel Office on your local base (the actual name of this office will vary depending on which branch of the military it is). You may also be required to go to the Military Police or Security office on base to report the loss of your old ID card.

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It might be possible, but it's difficult. 

First,  depending on how old you are, you might be able to restrict  a  mentalhealth  provider from disclosing your confidential information to your parents. The age at which you can do this is different from state to state (the range is generally anything from age 13 to age 18)  

Second, even if you are old enough to to be able to tell your provider not to give any information to your parents, they will probably find out if you use their insurance. 

It seems like you might have a few options. You might want to try talking to your dad about seeing a psychiatrist. He might be supportive. You could also try talking to a counselor or nurse at your school. They could also help you find some confidential options. I hope this helps.

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The general rule against medical abandonment says thst whenever healthcare providers discontinue treatment with you when you still need it, they are legally required to make sure that you have access to another provider of equal or higher ability.

In this case, if your treatment team decided to discontinue your treatment based on a diagnosis of schizophrenia, they still will likely be required to provide you with a referral to someone who can provide you with treatment. If you haven't already done so, I'd recommend that you explicitly ask for a referral.

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