In working with minors (things for parents/ guardians to be aware of): A minor client is under the age of 18, in which all legal guardians are required to give consent for treatment. Therapists are ethically and professionally required to receive the “consent for treatment” to treat a child by both biological parents and/or legal guardians. There are some situations in which this is not required (or possible) and we can discuss this together. But whenever both parents or guardians are legally allowed to be involved the “consent of a treatment” will consist of a signed release that will state that I can legally provide mental health treatment to your child.
What will I disclose to the parent(s) or guardians? Ultimately a parent has the right to know what is going on with their child. But trust is very important in the therapeutic relationship. If a child feels that I will tell their parents everything that they say, minimal progress will be made in treatment. My hope is that when an uncomfortable and needed topic comes up that I can assist the child in letting the parents know how they are feeling. I also hope that you will trust me to decipher what I believe is relevant information to be disclosed.
General Expectations: I believe in the importance of “family therapy,” to benefit your child and your family (whether the parents are together or not). Generally speaking, the best progress is made when both parents are involved in their child’s mental health treatment. I do not expect both parents to be involved in every therapy session. However I would appreciate ongoing and open communication from both parents.
In the event that the biological parents are separated or divorced: a copy of the most recent custody judgement is required prior to the initial session. It is also required that I receive a copy of all updated legal judgements during the course of treatment with your child.
If you have a specific question or concern please leave me a voicemail and or send me a HIPAA compliant email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated 05/18, 8/18