Pursuant to (21 NCAC 53 .0204), Counselors in North Carolina are mandated to provide a Professional Disclosure Statement “to each client prior to the performance of clinical mental health counseling services. This requirement aligns with the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics (ACA, 2014) which requires counselors to “review in writing and verbally with clients the rights and responsibilities of both the counselor and the client” (A.2.a. Informed Consent). The ACA specifies that the informed consent must include the nature of all services provided, counselor credentials and relevant experience, fees, billing information, confidentiality, supervision arrangements, how records will be handled, and more. As with any informed consent, the goal is to ensure that both the client and the counselor understand the nature of the relationship and the types of services that can be expected.
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