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tumnus

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Posted - 2006 February 15 :  17:16:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When students seek psychiatric help, they are often referred to Dr. Phil Milstein. Dr. Milstein has been overheard divulging the contents of these sessions to Judith Adam, the assistant dean in Santa Fe. It is illegal for a doctor to break confidentiality unless a patient threatens suicide or he feels that a patient is likely to hurt other people. In such an event, the doctor is obligated to call the police, not the school.

ejeinowski

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Posted - 2006 February 20 :  19:59:00  Show Profile  Visit ejeinowski's Homepage  Send ejeinowski an AOL message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by tumnus

When students seek psychiatric help, they are often referred to Dr. Phil Milstein. Dr. Milstein has been overheard divulging the contents of these sessions to Judith Adam, the assistant dean in Santa Fe. It is illegal for a doctor to break confidentiality unless a patient threatens suicide or he feels that a patient is likely to hurt other people. In such an event, the doctor is obligated to call the police, not the school.



I've been going to Phil for a while. I hope what your saying isn't true. He seems like a nice guy, a bit quirky, but nice.

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davidav87

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Posted - 2006 April 12 :  23:15:48  Show Profile  Visit davidav87's Homepage  Send davidav87 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Psychiatrists have the right to disclose information if they feel the student is thretening themselves.
Do we know exactly what kind of information Phil Milstein is revealing?

I gave that up a long time ago.
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The Great Pumpkin

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Posted - 2006 July 25 :  19:07:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This would be shocking if it werenít so common. Many colleges keep psychiatrists who routinely betray their patientsí confidentiality to the administration. Often victims of this conduct have little recourse as proving it can be difficult, if not impossible. Administrations are terrified of the negative publicity and possible lawsuits that could result from a studentís suicide and use this fear as a rationale to justify widespread violation of doctor-patient confidentiality. Unfortunately, when faced with students with suspected mental disorders, colleges often either kick these students out or convince them to leave. Colleges are usually more interested in distancing themselves from those students than in finding them the help they need. Students should be very careful with what they say to any psychiatrist whom a school refers them to.

I suggest that people interested in this matter check out the excellent article in Inside Higher Education: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/03/13/counseling. For those who believe that such things could never happen at St. Johnís, I am sad to report that I know of a recent case where a former Santa Fe student suffering from anorexia and depression was banned from campus.
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