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Informed Consent

Course includes two most important Ready-To-Use Forms:
Office Policies & Informed Consent to Psychotherapy
HIPPA Notice of Privacy Practices

2 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $29.00

Co-Developed by Sage de Beixedon Breslin, Ph.D., and Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Course fulfills, fully or in part, the Ethics & Law requirements for psychologists in CA and for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and addiction counselors in other states. Verify requirements with your state board.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles

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General Course Description

Informed Consent is one of the most basic ways by which therapists protect their clients' rights to be informed and to make decisions based on relevant information. This is the consent by a client to a proposed psychotherapeutic procedure or for participation in a research project or clinical study. It not only protects the client but also protects the clinician. In order for the consent to be informed the client must first achieve a clear understanding of the relevant facts, risks and benefits involved.

This course provides the following most basic (ready-to-use and easily personalized) forms that most therapists should have in their practice:

In addition, the course reviews the nuts and bolts of Informed Consent, reviews the codes of ethics on the topic and provides dozens of resources and reference links to various samples of informed consents for psychotherapy, counseling, forensic, assessment, research and other settings.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Identify the components of Informed Consent.

2.    Review the kinds of information required for a client to provide Informed Consent.

3.    Recognize when a client has been provided with sufficient information to provide Informed Consent.

4.    Specify situations in which Informed Consent may not be achieved.

5.    Describe the position that their professional organizations hold regarding Informed Consent.

Course Syllabus

Defining Informed Consent

Components of Informed Consent

  • Capacity to provide Informed Consent (Competency)
  • Clear understanding of proposed treatment or intervention, and the pros and cons associated with it
  • Awareness of alternatives to proposed treatment
  • Documentation of consent

Coming to clarity about Informed Consent

  • Determining whether a client is sufficiently informed

Informed Consent and the Codes of Ethics

Sample forms and documents for Informed Consent

Ready-To-Use forms:

  • Office Policies & Informed Consent
  • HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices

Resources and References

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