The law in Iowa protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Iowa law also mandates certain exceptions to an individuals right to privacy.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which a provider is required to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, a provider must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, a provider will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, a provider can take further measures without the client's permission that are provided to the provider by Iowa State law in order to ensure a client's safety.