Assessment Description You are a counselor working at a publicly funded alcohol
Assessment Description You are a counselor working at a publicly funded alcohol and drug treatment program. Your client, Doug, attends one of
your counseling groups. He has a previous conviction and is on probation for possession of an illegal substance. He also entered treatment as a court-referred client. Doug’s probation officer is aware that Doug is in treatment, and the officer has sent you a letter requesting that you provide a progress report and an assessment of Doug’s likelihood of relapse. The probation officer will use this information, if favorable, to petition the court
for Doug’s early release from probation. Discuss your options and strategies for responding to the probation officer’s request and describe what you would do. Cite relevant legal issues, including federal confidentiality and privacy regulations in your discussion. Identify the specific circumstances under which you would provide the information requested by the probation officer. How would you handle this differently if Doug
were voluntarily attending the group? This discussion question is informed by the following CACREP Standard: 5.C.3.c. Strategies for interfacing with the legal system regarding court-referred clients.