The article discusses the problem of the doctor-patient privilege in the work of the family psychologist. A considerable number of psychological studies, also ones conducted by the author of the present article, clearly indicate that confidentiality is the most often occurring problem in the psychologist's professional work, as well as the one that is the most difficult to solve. It seems that for a psychologist, especially a family psychologist, not only constant work on raising professional qualifications, but work on formation of one's own moral level is important. In the first part the very concept of secrecy is subjected to an academic reflection; first in the aspect of the definition, and then with respect to the range and specificity of the privilege. The second part of the article is concerned with the doctor-patient privilege of the family psychologist in two aspects. The first one is defining and presenting the fundamental properties of the family system, and the second one is analysis of the specificity of the work of the family psychologist in the context of the doctor-patient privilege.
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