Negotiating Consent in Psychotherapy

Negotiating Consent in Psychotherapy

by Patrick O'Neill
     
 

Psychotherapists have an ethical requirement to inform clients about their treatment methods, alternative treatment options, and alternative conceptions of their problem. While accepting the basis for this "informed consent" requirement, therapists have traditionally resisted giving too much information, arguing that exposure to alternative therapies can cause… See more details below

Overview

Psychotherapists have an ethical requirement to inform clients about their treatment methods, alternative treatment options, and alternative conceptions of their problem. While accepting the basis for this "informed consent" requirement, therapists have traditionally resisted giving too much information, arguing that exposure to alternative therapies can cause confusion and distress. The raging debates over false/recovered memory syndrome and the larger move towards medical disclosure have pushed the question to the fore: how much information should therapists provide to their clients?

In Negotiating Consent in Psychotherapy, Patrick O'Neill provides an in-depth study of the ways in which therapists and clients negotiate consent. Based on interviews with 100 therapists and clients in the areas of eating disorders and sexual abuse, the book explores the tangle of issues that make informed consent so difficult for therapists, including what therapists believe should be part of consent and why; how they decide when consent should be renegotiated; and how clients experience this process of negotiation and renegotiation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814761946
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Series:
Qualitative Studies in Psychology Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Therapy as Narrative Structure1
1Informed Consent as a Challenge for Psychotherapists10
2Asking Questions27
3Making Meaning40
4Clients with Rating Disorders53
5Survivors of Sexual Abuse93
6Sex Offenders136
7Conclusion: Therapy as Negotiated Transition164
References177
Index185
About the Author189

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