2019 Tennessee Code
Title 63 - Professions of the Healing Arts
Chapter 22 - Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Part 3 - Conscientious Objections to Provision of Counseling or Therapy Services
§ 63-22-302. Conscientious objections -- Referrals to other providers -- Liability.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 63-22-302 (2019)
  • (a) No counselor or therapist providing counseling or therapy services shall be required to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist; provided, that the counselor or therapist coordinates a referral of the client to another counselor or therapist who will provide the counseling or therapy.

  • (b) The refusal to provide counseling or therapy services as described in subsection (a) shall not be the basis for:

    • (1) A civil cause of action; or

    • (2) Criminal prosecution.

  • (c) Subsections (a) and (b) shall not apply to a counselor or therapist when an individual seeking or undergoing counseling is in imminent danger of harming themselves or others.

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