The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychologist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
If you disclose a plan or threat to harm yourself, the therapist must attempt to notify legal authorities. In addition, if you disclose a plan to threat or harm another person, the therapist is required to notify legal authorities.
Abuse of Children and Vulnerable Adults
If you disclose, or it is suspected, that there is abuse or harmful neglect of children or vulnerable adults (i.e. the elderly, disabled/incompetent), the therapist must report this information to the appropriate agency and/or legal authorities.
Parents or legal guardians of non-emancipated minor clients have the right to access the clients’ records, unless said child is deemed a mature minor.
Insurance companies and other third-party payers are given information that they request regarding services to the clients.
In Alberta, I (the psychologist) can be subpoenaed, as can the case file.