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Informed Consent & Informed Refusal
Do We Care?

Sat., June 16, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fairfax VA
3 Credits

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Much has been written about the concept of “informed consent.” Sometimes the articles and books focus on the underlying theory, sometimes on laws, sometimes on ethics, and occasionally on clinical implications.  We will first consider why our professions consider the informed-consent process to be so important for protecting the rights of our clients.  Then we will look at some of the practical reasons why we are so tempted to short-cut the informed-consent process, or even disregard it.

Informed Consent & Informed Refusal:  Do We Really Care?
Fairfax, Virginia
Saturday, June 16, 2018 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D.

Are Our Clients Adequately Informed?  Does It Really Matter?

I.  Ethical and Professional Issues About Informed Consent

Ethics Codes
Professional Guidelines & Recommendations
Ethical and Professional Issues About Obtaining a Client’s Informed Consent

II.  Legal Requirements Related to Informed Consent


Regulations: Virginia Board of Psychology Standards of Practice
Statutes:  §32.1-127.1:03;  §54.1-2400.4;  Other
Virginia Supreme Court Case:  Patricia Curtis v Fairfax Hospital


Regulations:  HIPAA Regulations (DHHS)

 III. Practical Considerations:

Preparing for the Informed Consent Conversation

In Psychotherapy Relationships (Individual, Family, Group)
In Court-Related Roles
In Other Roles

Integrating Ethical and Legal Requirements into a Coherent Intake Process
Re-opening the Discussion as Needed – Informed Consent as an Ongoing Process

1. Name three basic components in an informed-consent process.
2. List some of the ethical and legal requirements about informed consent in clinical cases.
3. Describe exactly how you intend to plan for your next informed-consent conversation.


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This workshop offers three (3) Continuing Education (CE) credits in Ethics/Laws.
CE Certificates will be awarded at the completion of workshop attendance.
You may contact your state licensing board to confirm approval for license renewal.

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