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Informed Consent

Course includes one of the most important Ready-To-Use Forms:
Office Policies & Informed Consent to Psychotherapy

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    audio Audios

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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 intermediate course consists of one audio (text transcript provided) which reviews the nuts and bolts of Informed Consent and an article that reviews the codes of ethics on the topic. It also provides the most basic (ready-to-use and easily personalized) form that most therapists should have in their practice, Office Policies & Informed Consent for Psychotherapy and Counseling, as well as samples of other informed consent forms.

Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Identify the components of Informed Consent.

2.    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 form:

  • Office Policies & Informed Consent
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