Category Archives: Informed Consent


July/August 2016 Avoiding Liability Bulletin I have previously written about …

Treating Children

… When can a therapist or counselor treat or provide other services to a minor without the knowledge or consent of either parent? The [...]

Consent vs. Authorization

… These two words are often misused and misunderstood, not only by therapists and counselors, but also by state legislation (law) and [...]

Informed Consent

… In the March 2006 (Volume 1) issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I briefly wrote about and contrasted the words “consent” and [...]

Informed Consent

… In the July 2006 issue of this Bulletin I answered one of the several questions I raised about “informed consent” – that is, whether [...]


… Perhaps the most common component of an informed consent mentioned in state laws, ethical provisions and other sources of authority [...]

Hugs and Other Touching

I have been asked for my opinion about hugging that may occur between a patient and a therapist or counselor. Is it proper? Is it [...]

The Risks Of Counseling/therapy?

One of the most important elements, if not the most important element, of informed consent is the obligation to inform the patient of [...]

Informed Consent

The following reminders/topics are not in order of importance and are only brief comments about a variety of issues – most of which I [...]

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