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Editorial Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Part One INTRODUCTION ONE Charles LEVIN, Christine M. KOGGEL, and Allannah FURLONG: Questions and Themes Part Two PSYCHOANALYSIS Allannah FURLONG: The Questionable Contribution of Psychotherapeutic and Psychoanalytic Records to the Truth-Seeking Process THREE R.D. HINSHELWOOD: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Confidentiality: The Divided Mind in Treatment FOUR Jacques MAUGER: Public, Private ... FIVE Charles LEVIN and Christine URY : Welcoming Big Brother : The Malaise of Confidentiality in the Therapeutic Culture Part Three ETHICS SIX Michael YEO and Andrew BROOK: The Moral Framework of Confidentiality and the Electronic Panopticon SEVEN Christine M. KOGGEL: Confidentiality in the Liberal Tradition: A Relational Critique EIGHT Margaret DENIKE: Sexual Inequality and the Crisis of Confidentiality: The Myth and the Law on Personal Records NINE Sue CAMPBELL: Relational Remembering: Suggestibility and Women's Confidential Records Part Four LAW TEN Paul W. MOSHER: Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege: The History and Significance of the United States Supreme Court's Decision in the Case of Jaffee v. Redmond ELEVEN Karen BUSBY: Responding to Defense Demands for Clients' Records in Sexual Violence Cases: Some Guidance for Record Keepers TWELVE Nathalie des ROSIERS: confidentiality, Human Relationships, and Law Reform About the Contributors Index

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Allannah Furlong, Ph.D., is a private practice Psychologist and Psychoanalyst (member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association). She was co chair of the 2000 conference, "Confidentiality & Society: Psychoanalysis, Ethics, and the Law" in Montreal. She is the author of several articles on technical and ethical issues concerning the treatment setting, including the topics of clinical reporting, payment, dossier access, and "counter transference translation". Her current research is into the auto theorizing function of memory. Christine Koggel is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. Her main areas of teaching and research are moral and political theory, practical ethics, and feminist theory. She is the author of Perspectives on Equality: Constructing a Relational Theory (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998); editor of Moral Issues in Global Perspective (Broadview 1999); and co-editor (with Wesley Cragg) of the fourth edition (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1997) and the fifth edition (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, forthcoming 2003) of Contemporary Moral Issues. Charles Levin, Ph.D., is a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (CPS) in full time practice in Montreal. He is President of the Quebec English Branch of the CPS and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Program in Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University. He was co-chair of the Conference: "Confidentiality & Society: Psychotherapy, Ethics and the Law", held in Montreal, October 13 15, 2000. His publications include Jean Baudrillard: A Study in Cultural Metaphysics (London: Prentice Hall, 1995).


"Nearly every essay in the dozen that make up this collection sheds genuinely fresh light on some aspect of the "confidential relationships" referred to in the volume's title, namely, the confidential relationships between psychotherapist and patient (or client). With sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory perspectives, the contributing psychoanalysts, philosophers, and law professors engage the reader and each other in a fascinating and thought-provoking conversation on the meaning, scope, and significance of psychotherapist-patient confidentiality. ... At a time when confidential relationships (at least in North America), including but not limited to therapist-patient relationships, are under attack from the legal system, the health-care-industrial complex, and perhaps our confessional "therapeutic culture" itself, this book comes as a needed antidote - a multifaceted, multidisciplinary exploration of the value, meaning, and even the cost of confidentiality. ... nearly every essay in the book contains some fact or theoretical insight about confidential relationships - psychotherapeutic and otherwise - for which professionals and non-professionals alike will be grateful." in: Metapsychology (online book review), 2004

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