Case Study 5
You work as a case worker in a local community mental health service. For the past six months, you have been helping your client Maree in supporting her with her mental health issues. You have arranged counselling and specialist care for Maree. You are also aware that Maree recently left her partner due to domestic violence, moved into independent accommodation and launched divorce proceedings against her partner. You receive a subpoena to provide case records of all your contacts with Maree and to provide a testimony to the court in relation to the divorce proceedings. You are asked to disclose information about your professional interactions with Maree. When you discuss the subpoena with Maree, she asks you to keep the information confidential and not to disclose anything to the court. As a case worker, what ethical issue/s does this scenario present and how would you address it/them?