Student Informed Consent
My approach when facilitating informed consent is to collaborate with students and encourage them to ask questions. I modify the delivery of informed consent based on students' ages. Informed consent topics include:
Confidentiality: I follow the Canadian Physiological Association
Professional Code of Ethics which requires me to keep what students say confidential. A student's privacy is my priority! There are instances however when I would be required to seek outside support and confidentiality would be compromised. These times are when I believe a student was at risk of hurting him or herself or someone else, if a student was pregnant, if I was subpoenaed by a court of law, or if a senior or child was at risk of abuse or neglect.
Team Approach: Sometimes I might ask for ideas from my counselling colleagues or supervisor without concealing student identity. This can enhance the services that I provide!
Rights and Alternatives: At any time students have the right to ask me to stop, slow down, or say goodbye. I also appreciate being corrected if I have misunderstood something. Counselling is not for everyone. Sometimes there might be other avenues for clients to explore. If this is the case, I can help clients seek alternatives to counselling.
Role of Parent or Guardian: A child might choose to share pieces of his or her counselling interactions. I welcome parent collaboration when supporting students!
Files: Student notes are kept in a locked cabinet to maintain confidentiality.
I value the use of creative and tangible metaphors to engage young people in the process of informed consent.