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Client’s Rights & Responsibilities

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Counseling Clients Have Both Rights & Responsibilities

• Garden will teach you an easy and effective system of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


CLIENTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS

INFORMATION:

  1. To know about the education and training of your counselor.
  2. To know the therapy orientation of your counselor.
  3. To know the risks and benefits of the services you receive.
  4. To know the goals of the program.
  5. To know what is expected of you as a client of A Counseling Center, P.C.
  6. To know what services A Counseling Center, P.C. provides.
  7. To know the comparable risks and benefits of alternative programs or therapies.
  8. To be informed of any experimental procedures.
  9. To be informed of any deviations from standard practices.
  10. To know about alternatives to services at A Counseling Center, P.C. including services such as: self-help books, tapes, and videos; training programs such as parenting; self-help programs; pastoral counseling.
  11. To know the costs of services.
  12. To know the expected and projected length of therapy.
  13. To know the limitations of confidentiality.
  14. To know mandatory reporting requirements.
  15. To review your files with your counselor unless it is deemed non-therapeutic to do so because of its negative impact on you.

ACCOMMODATION:

  1. To request that you be assigned another counselor if you do not believe that you can work with your present counselor.
  2. To have different opinions, ideas, and beliefs from your counselor.
  3. To accept, reject, or modify anything your counselor tells you.
  4. To maintain your resistance and defenses until you are able to use new skills that empower you to no longer feel the need to depend on your resistance and defenses.
  5. To challenge and confront your counselor.
  6. To question everything–especially treatment decisions.

CONVENIENCE:

  1. To have regularly scheduled appointments.
  2. To have appointment times that fit your schedule whenever possible.
  3. To have the best services available.
  4. To have fees that are in line with those of similar services in the same community.
  5. To be referred for services elsewhere if the Clinic is not able to provide the services you need or want.

PROTECTION:

  1. To have counselors who will follow all the legal, professional, and ethical guidelines of their profession regarding physical contact with clients and all other therapy issues.
  2. To have counselors who do not engage in “client bashing” when staffing clients.
  3. To have counselors who will not engage in dual relationships with you, that is, to have counselors who will not destroy the therapeutic relationship by developing other relationships with you such as a friendship or business relationship.
  4. To be treated in a professional manner at all times.
  5. To have 24-hour access to a counselor in case of an emergency.
  6. To receive prompt help in emergency situations.
  7. To have your attendance in therapy and records of your therapy kept confidential within the limits of confidentiality.
  8. To refuse to allow your sessions to be audio or videotaped.
  9. To not be verbally, emotionally, physically, chemically, or sexually abused by your counselor.
  10. To use grievance procedures when you have a complaint with your counselor that you are not able to resolve with your counselor.
  11. To not be discriminated against based on race, religion, creed, color, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, national origin, marital status, or economic status.
  12. To terminate therapy for your own reasons.
  13. To have a clean and safe environment, that is, to attend sessions in a building that is clean and safe.
  14. To be respected as a person, as a human being with intrinsic worth.
  15. To choose not be coded or labeled by the program with the understanding that the program cannot then treat you without your paying privately. The program cannot obtain third-party payments (insurance, Medicaid, etc.) without a diagnosis or label from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

CLIENTS HAVE THE FOLLOWING RESPONSIBILITIES

PARTICIPATION:

  1. To be involved in the design of your individualized treatment plans.
  2. To be motivated to make progress in therapy.
  3. To complete your therapeutic homework assignments on time.
  4. To work on the therapeutic relationship for the purpose of making your counseling an effective therapeutic encounter.
  5. To participate in all assigned activities.
  6. To challenge your counselors to demonstrate the effectiveness of their methods.
  7. To consent to your treatment or have your guardian consent to your treatment for counseling.

COMMUNICATION:

  1. To be honest with your counselor about what you do and do not like about your therapy.
  2. To be open about your problems and struggles so that you might make progress.
  3. To ask questions when you do not understand something.
  4. To read everything before you sign it.
  5. To give complete and accurate personal and social histories.
  6. To help other clients follow and understand the value of the program while you are in counseling.
  7. To report to your doctor any changes in your condition, for example: any changes in sleep, diet, exercise, thinking, feeling, attitude, strange behaviors, strange thoughts, depression, thoughts about harming yourself, thoughts about harming others.
  8. To seek a positive and productive attitude about the program.
  9. To avoid all pessimistic thinking and downgrading of the program.
  10. To be teachable.
  11. To be interested in learning.
  12. To notify the office 24-hours in advance of anytime that you will miss a scheduled appointment.
  13. To terminate therapy appropriately, that is, to have a termination session with your counselor after you have decided to terminate therapy.
  14. To hang around the winners and to avoid the losers.

SAFETY:

  1. To not use any illegal drugs.
  2. To not use over-the-counter (drug store) medications without consulting your doctor if you are on psychotropics.
  3. To not drink alcoholic beverages before counseling sessions or if you are on psychotropics.
  4. To report all urges to harm yourself or others to your counselor.
  5. To smoke only outside of the building and only in the designated smoking areas.
  6. To clean up after yourself if you make a mess.
  7. To follow your medications as ordered by your doctor.

QUOTATIONS VARIOUS SOURCES

“A fool is only a fool because he won’t see he is a fool.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” —James Joyce

“But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” —Hebrews 12:8

“By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can learn to use your past for your own future benefit.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 194

“Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.” —Proverbs 15:5

“Failure doesn’t have anything to do with your intrinsic value as a person.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 206

“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” —Hebrews 12:6

“If we eliminated all errors, we would also eliminate much discovery, art, insight, learning, and creativity that results from facing errors.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?” —Hebrews 12:7

“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:” —Proverbs 3:11

“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart.” —Julien Green

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“When receiving correction, the wise seeks to learn and the fool seeks to justify with excuses.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


QUOTATIONS SCRIPTURE

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:”–Proverbs 1:5

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”–Proverbs 11:14

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”–Proverbs 12:15

“Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.”–Proverbs 12:20

“Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”–Proverbs 15:22

“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”–Proverbs 19:20

“Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.”–Proverbs 20:18

“Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.”–Isaiah 16:3

“Extol not thyself in the counsel of thine own heart; that thy soul be not torn in pieces as a bull [straying alone.]”–Ecclesiasticus 6:2

“As timber girt and bound together in a building cannot be loosed with shaking: so the heart that is stablished by advised counsel shall fear at no time.”–Ecclesiasticus 22:16

“Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.”–Ecclesiasticus 30:21

“A man of counsel will be considerate; but a strange and proud man is not daunted with fear, even when of himself he hath done without counsel.”–Ecclesiasticus 32:1

“And let the counsel of thine own heart stand: for there is no man more faithful unto thee than it.”–Ecclesiasticus 37:13

“Let reason go before every enterprize, and counsel before every action.”–Ecclesiasticus 38:33

“Gold and silver make the foot stand sure: but counsel is esteemed above them both.”–Ecclesiasticus 40:25

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