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Consent, privacy and documentation... oh my!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017Tara McFadden

Earlier this month, over 120 people in the child and youth mental health sector from across the province came together at our PHIPA in Practice event (Personal Health Information Protection Act). Attendees heard all about how to keep client information safe. Throughout the day they learned how to be aware of and how to sort through the overlapping, and at times conflicting, legal and professional requirements. 

Helping us work through this complex subject was Robert Solomon, a distinguished law professor from Western University, with 45 years of research and teaching experience, and a keen interest in the challenging legal environment child and youth mental health agencies are facing.

Robert engaged the room with his extensive knowledge, on-point stories and sense of humor. He delved into five main topics that included consent, documentation, confidentiality, disclosure, and mandatory reporting obligations. He shared a wealth of knowledge on each of these topics. Attendees commented:

"Appreciated Robert Solomon’s straight forward approach to complicated topics"

"Interactive, informative. Helped me realise that I am not alone in my struggle to understand all the facets of privacy law."

With so much great information, it's impossible for us to summarize it in one tiny blog post. So we’re passing on Professor Solomon’s comprehensive document that served as the basis of his workshop.

Consent, documentation, confidentiality and disclosure in an era of privacy concerns

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

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