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Bill of Rights for Client Care

As a therapy client, you have the following rights:

  1. To be fully informed of your rights and responsibilities as a psychotherapy client.
  2. To consideration of your confidentiality and individuality, and to be treated with consideration, respect and full recognition of your dignity and individuality; to be encouraged and assisted to understand and exercise your rights as a client, free from interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal and to expect your therapist to be aware of your rights as a client.
  3. To reasonably expect, from your psychotherapist, complete and current information concerning your condition, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and alternative treatment procedures in terms and language you can understand.
  4. To expect reasonable continuity of care which includes information about when and how to reach your therapist (or his/her back-up therapist when s/he is unavailable) outside of scheduled appointment times.
  5. To informed consent prior to any treatment interventions; to be afforded the opportunity to participate in the preparation of any treatment plans that are submitted for third party reimbursement; to refuse to participate in statistical/research studies, and to request a review of your client record.
  6. To obtain consultation or second opinions from another qualified psychotherapist of your choosing.
  7. To be free from mental and physical abuse and free from physical restraints except when necessary to protect you from injury to yourself or others; to be free of any sexual contact; to refuse to perform services or favors which are not included for therapeutic purpose; and to refuse treatment interventions except in emergencies.
  8. To be provided referral resources if your psychotherapist needs to discontinue therapy services with you.
  9. To be assured confidential treatment of your personal records: you may approve or refuse their release to any individual outside of your therapist, except as otherwise provided by law or third party payment contracts. Any case discussions or consultations by your psychotherapist will be conducted with discretion, respect, and care to protect your confidentiality.

Source: Some of the above adapted from Hospital Bill of Rights For Patient Care.


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