Continuing Education & Resources for Mental Health Professionals

Ethical Information

Ethical Obligations about Informed Consent

(Updated 2014)

A. Ethical Obligations About Informed Consent:

CHART: Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers (referencing Ethics Codes)

Selected Ethical Standards: Counselors (from ACA Code of Ethics)

Selected Ethical Standards: Psychologists (from APA Code of Ethics)

Selected Ethical Standards: Social Workers from NASW Code of Ethics)

B. Summaries:

Informed Consent Discussions in Couple & Family & Child Therapy

Informed Consent Discussions in Group Therapy

C. Checklists:

Checklist – Informed Consent for Mutil-Client Therapy – Couple, Family or Child+Parent

Checklist – Informed Consent for Minor to Receive Counseling/Therapy in School Setting

D. SAMPLE INFORMED CONSENT FORMS & CONTRACTS

Informed Consent for Psychotherapy – Adolescent (Sherry Kraft, Ph.D.)

Informed Consent for Psychotherapy – Couple (John T. Schroll, Ph.D.)

Informed Consent for Child Therapy – Separated/Divorced Parents (Bernadette Landolf, Ph.D.)

Informed Consent for Therapy Services – Adult

Informed Consent For Clinical Consultation (Consultant-Consultee Contract) 

E. INFORMED CONSENT RIGHTS OF VIRGINIA MINORS & PARENTS

Rights of Virginia Minors Under HIPAA – (Legal Opinion re: Consent and Disclosure)

Rights of Separated/Divorced Parents to Consent to Mental Health Services for Minor Child (Legal Opinion)

F. INFORMED CONSENT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY AND ITS LIMITS IN VIRGINIA:

1a. Client Handout: Confidentiality and its Limits in My Practice
NOTE: Clinicians must “personalize” this to reflect policies in their own settings

1b. Clinician Resource: Virginia Statutes Protecting or Limiting Patient Confidentiality (with links to Code of Virginia for complete text of each statute or court case)

2a. Client Handout: Sample “Notice of Privacy Practices” (Pending)

2b. Clinician Resource: [Sample “Notice of Privacy Practices”] (w links to text of each statute or court case that protects or limits confidentiality) (Pending)

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