Informed Consent Theory

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The right of informed consent is an ethical and legal requirement when working with clients. Informed consent is based on a client’s right to self-determination, along with being able to make autonomous decisions pertaining to treatment. The process of informed consent is viewed as legal requirement that is an important part of the therapeutic process. “It also establishes a foundation for creating a working alliance and a collaboration partnership between the client and therapist” (Corey, G. 2017, p.41). The importance of informed consent is seen as it provides the general goals of counseling, the responsalbities of the counselor towards the client. In addition, consent provides the client with limitations and exceptions to confidentiality, legal, ethical practices, fees for treatment, and the length of the therapeutic process. Other considerations for informed consent are informing the client that their treatment could be discussed with supervisors and colleagues within the agency. The strengths of informed consent are to protect the rights all of client who are involved in the treatment process. The concept of informed consents allows a client to have an investment in treatment that ensures that they will be treated fairly. “This protection is especially important for social work clients who are vulnerable by their age, mental or physical capacity, lack of resources, or other forms of…show more content…
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