Informed Consent in Counseling

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INFORMED CONSENT 3 Since the research materials are provided to you by human beings, and may be based on numerous sources, it is strongly recommended that you conduct independent research to verify that all information is complete and accurate before referencing the material. This reminder does not contain all of the terms and conditions that govern your purchase Q3. According to all codes of professional counseling ethics, "when a client enters into a counseling relationship, the counselor is obligated to provide the information necessary for the client's informed consent" (Walsh & Dasenbrook 2013: 1). These include the counselor's credentials and confidentiality policy. The counselor should inform the client that he or she is by law required to release "diagnosis and dates of service…with the client's insurance company" if the client is using insurance to pay for the sessions, along with "physical or sexual abuse of children…threats of suicide or homicide," and all other data he or she must disclose to be HIPPA compliant (Walsh & Dasenbrook 2013: 2). The provider's fee schedule and policies should likewise be openly disclosed. If the patient is a minor, the parents must likewise be given informed consent. Some issues which may arise regarding informed consent include the question of the client's ability to be forthright with the counselor. If the client is afraid that what he or she says might be interpreted as revealing he or she is a danger to him or herself (as
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