Shippenville, PA asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Is it legal for a therapist to allow a child to use her personal cellphone for a child to email?

I asked the therapist to attend for mutual support as my child had been having suicidal thoughts. While sitting at a pyschiatric center as my child was finishing an evaluation to be admitted my child asked her therapist to use her cellphone. Deliberately in front of me the therapist handed my child her cell phone to email a friend despite both being told my child is no longer allowed online. I was told by my child go ahead report it to her boss they can't do nothing and neither can you. Then therapist sat with my child and opened her personal Facebook page with my child to look through her personal photos while laughing in my face and completely ignoring my parental request for my child to not be online.

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Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Who is the therapist's client? You invited her there which indicates some relationship. She owed duties to her client. Her behavior sound slightly unprofessional, and you should calmly ask for an explanation before proceeding further.

At a minimum she seems to be triangulating which is rather odd for a therapist.

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