2/17/2019 0 Comments
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, therapist confidentiality, Gladys R. Questionnaires and police versus medical examiners. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
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This week's first question comes from Julia Derek and you can find her at juliaderek.com and the link for that will be in the show notes at writersdetective.com/29. Julia writes, "If a child is victimized and also the only witness to a big crime, how would the police approach this? This is the scenario in my current thriller, I have a therapist who's working with the child rehabbing the major PTSD the child has suffered while being part of a sex trafficking ring producing child pornos while also fishing for information about the sex ring for the cops to help their investigation. Will the therapist be allowed to share what she or he learns in the sessions with the child, with the child's parent? The child is 11. I'm thinking yes, but I could be wrong. Thanks, Julia". Thank you so much for your question, Julia.
The police will often use a trained forensic psychologists to conduct the interviews of children that have been victimized and these sessions however are video recorded with the specific intention of using that session as evidence. So this kind of interview would likely have been done shortly after learning of the victimization as part of the initial police investigation. But based on your question, Julia, it sounds like this part of the story would actually be after that initial report to the police in start of the investigation. So where the child is now receiving ongoing therapy as part of the healing process. So to answer your question about the legality of sharing the therapists or of the therapist's sharing what she learns with the parent, I turn to psychologist Dr. Vanessa Holtgrave for help with answering this. You might remember Dr. Holtgrave from episode 15 of this podcast and if you haven't listened to my interview with her, be sure to check that out. It's episode 15 in the back list.
So this is what Dr. Holtgrave had to say, and it's quite long, but it's really informative. "Child is victimized and also the only witness to a major crime. Does the crime involved the child or was the crime independent of the child's victimization? Was the perpetrator or perpetrators already apprehended or will this information aid in the apprehension of the perpetrators?... Continue reading...
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