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New literature review on confidentiality and informed consent

PACFA’s Research Committee has published a new literature review titled Confidentiality and informed consent in counselling and psychotherapy: a systematic review.

The review was written for PACFA by Associate Professor Andrea Lamont-Mills, Steven Christensen and Lauren Moses from the School of Psychology and Counselling of the University of Southern Queensland. It is intended as a resource for practitioners, students and academics in our profession.

The authors have produced a systematic review of empirical evidence about client understandings of informed consent and/or confidentiality, and of how therapists obtain informed consent and/or understandings of confidentiality. Findings indicate that client and therapist understandings of confidentiality appear to be context and culture specific, and that there is a significant diversity of communications from therapists in their efforts to enable clients to give informed consent for therapy.

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