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Generally, I am finding no NY law, that per se prohibits videotaping or even audiotaping, so long as there is at least one party to the conversation consenting - and presumably you would be getting your own employees, all of them, consenting. However, that does not touch on the ethic rules of your own profession. It would seem that video-taping without informed consent
of the patient would be an issue with regard to confidentiality
, potentially, and yes, invasion of privacy - since even family members have privacy rights and whether the clinic is privately owned is not the deciding factor. However, that can be easily overcome if you make an informed consent part of your intake process. Yes, you may lose a few clients who are not comfortable with it, but all in all, it is often done for purposes of supervision and monitoring of the junior counselors/therapists - not just for self-protection purposes as you intend it for.
See both links, below, for confirmation that the profession itself, provides that videotaping should be with informed consent (written) and there is no indication that CCTV would be any different:
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