Informed consent is a foundation in the ethical practice of counseling. Not only does informed consent provide the groundwork for matters that affect the entire course and direction of the counseling relationship, it guides the practice of client autonomy. Informed consent refers to the freedom of choice a client has regarding whether or not to enter into a counseling relationship, the right to understand the nature of the counseling process, and relevant information concerning the counselor.

Due to the significant amount of information contained in the informed consent, both verbal communication and written communication are necessary. Any discussions of informed consent are to be documented by the counselor and, when appropriate, signed by the client. The informed consent process is used as a means to ...

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