Does Legally Mandated Consent to Psychotherapy Ensure Ethical Appropriateness?: The Colorado Experience
Handelsman, Mitchell M.
Ethics and Behavior. 1995; 5(2): 119-129.
We analyzed a sample of 356 forms containing information that Colorado law legally requires both licensed and unlicensed therapists to disclose to clients. The majority of forms contained the legally mandated information; fewer forms contained ethically desirable information. The average readability grade level was 15.74, corresponding to upper-level college, and 63.9% of the forms reached the highest (most difficult) readability grade of 17+. Therapists are obeying the law, but do not appear to be taking advantage of the opportunity to provide their clients useful information in an accessible way.
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