|A. Informed Consent Topics To Cover in Forming Group:|
|1. Provide same basic information as to individual clients (see chart )|
|Limits of confidentiality (i.e., when you might disclose w/o consent)
Nature, purpose, and anticipated course of services
Fees and billing arrangements
Client’s right to refuse services
Involvement of any outside party (e.g., court, DSS, etc.)
|2. Clarify your role(s)|
|Within group, is your role exactly the same with each person?
Do you have outside roles with some members, not others?
|3. Clarify your rules for communications outside group meetings|
|Your confidentiality/disclosure rules if contacted outside
Your confidentiality/disclosure rules if individual therapist to some
Participants’ rules for outside contact/disclosures/discussions
Rules about confidentiality after group ends
|4. Are there potential conflicts of interest?
5. HIPAA “Notice of Privacy Practices” about access to records.
|B. Re-Opening The Informed-Consent Discussion:|
|1. Whenever a new member enters the group.
2. Whenever a group member raises questions about the above topics.
3. Whenever group dynamics create need to re-state the “rules.”