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Informed Consent

Informed consent is the name given to the process of obtaining your consent before starting any services to you.  During the informed consent process, we will explain services, let you know what to expect, and ensure that  your questions about have been answered. 

Please note, that you can withdraw your consent for Trailhead to provide you with services at any time, please let us know.  

During your first appointment, we will discuss informed consent, which includes the following items:

  • Who can give consent for services.   

  • Fees for services.

  • Confidentiality; we want to ensure that you understand that there are some limits to the confidentiality between a client and a psychologist. This includes discussing the sharing of information between child or teens clients and their parents. 

  • Our contact information and your contact information.

  • What to expect during an assessment or therapy, and the risks and benefits of our services. We will also cover what alternatives and other options are open to you, as well as the likely consequences of non-action.

Who can give consent for services?

If you are over 18 years of age and competent to make your own decisions, you are able to give consent for yourself.  

If you have a dependent child under the age of 15, or are the legal caregiver of a dependent child or adult, you also have the authority to consent to services and treatment on their behalf. You must be the legal guardian of the child in order to consent to the child receiving services.

  • Please note, in the situation where the parents of a dependent child are divorced, you will be asked if you have sole or joint/shared custody of the child.

  • A parent who has sole custody may give consent for services.  

  • If you share or have joint custody of your child, we will want to speak with the other parent to ensure consent from that parent as well.  

If you are a mature minor between the ages of 15 and 18, you may also have the right to consent or decline services and treatment for yourself. If you think this applies to you, please let us know.

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