It is likely that at some point in your career as a psychologist you will receive a subpoena requesting that you share information about a client with a court of law. If this happens, you may question if the subpoena conflicts with your obligation to uphold patient confidentiality and if you are required to disclose the client’s information.
Although you are required to respond to the subpoena, you are not necessarily required to disclose the requested information. The American Psychological Association recommends that in general, you should maintain confidentiality by asserting the psychologist-patient privilege on behalf of the patient. However, there are several exceptions to this privilege.