In psychology, informed consent is meant to ensure that the client has a full understanding of the relevant facts, benefits, risks, and alternatives before he fashions his consent with respect to the psychotherapeutic procedure he is about to undergo (Zur, 2018). A verbal consent is an expressed and explicit form of informed consent. This paper focuses on espousing on the three proposed bullet points that would be included in a standard verbal informed consent verbal script.
Firstly, it is important to inform the patient of all the risks to confidentiality that are attached to the treatment or therapy he will be undergoing. The first rule of the thumb for psychologists is that confidentiality must be upheld and in most instances, clients are usually aware of this rule. Is there are any risks to confidentiality, they have to be informed. In the standard informed consent verbal script, the client will be informed that an exception to confidentiality will apply if based on the utterances of the client, it is apparent that the client’s life is at risk, or if another person is likely to be hurt by the client.
The informed consent verbal script will also indicate that an exception to confidentiality will apply if it is revealed that a crime involving harm to vulnerable populations (such as minors and the elderly) is likely to be committed or has been committed.
Thirdly, the verbal script will also talk about the scheduling of appointments and remuneration for missed sessions. In this regard, appointments will be scheduled on a monthly basis and if the client fails to show up without giving prior notice or without cause, he will have to pay half of the requisite fees for the session.Informed consent is meant to ensure that the client has a full understanding of the relevant facts, benefits, risks, and alternatives. My standard informed verbal script will address exceptions to confidentiality and scheduling of appointments and remuneration for missed sessions