Informed Consent for Service
In order to make an informed decision about whether services are right for you/your child, you will be informed about the services for which you qualify, their known risks and benefits, alternatives you might consider and the waiting times that might be involved. This information is intended to help you make the best choices for you/your child.
If you do not understand the information being provided by staff, please ask for clarification or for more information. It is our job to help you understand. If you feel that you could benefit from external advice regarding treatment options, please feel free to get such advice (such as from an external health care provider or a lawyer or other advisor).
In addition to the decision about whether to obtain service at ROCK, there are other decision points as service proceeds. You and your family will have the opportunity to participate in the development of an individualized care plan that meets your child and family’s needs and preferences. Your child’s care plan will be reviewed on a regular basis, with your family’s input and the input of all those who participated in developing the plan. In each situation, informed consent is required in order to proceed. You have the right to say no to a proposed plan and to be made aware of possible alternatives.
When important decisions are made regarding the services that you/your child are/is receiving, you will be asked to sign a document which indicates that you have made an informed decision to participate in the care plan. Whenever significant changes are made to your child’s care plan, you will always be asked whether you agree to these changes. You can say yes or no.
Parent and Caregiver Involvement
We believe that to help a child we must work in partnership with parents/caregivers. You will be involved in setting goals for the work you do here and in decisions that are made about the services that you receive.
With separated/divorced parents, ROCK understands that there is a wide range of decision-making arrangements for children. Where there is a legally defined shared parenting time between the parents, ROCK considers it important to support the parenting relationship with the child/youth and each parent/caregiver. In these situations, you will be asked to review and sign an additional letter to help us understand your “Decision-making Arrangement”.
When do children/youth make their own decisions?
In reviewing various legislations, it is ROCK’s practice that youth 12 years of age and older have the legal right to private, and confidential counselling. It is also our practice to review and encourage the involvement of the youth’s parents/guardians. Where the youth is at risk, or is seeking residential treatment, the involvement parents/guardians is sought.
A child may make service decisions and/or privacy decisions if they are “capable”. If a child/youth is capable, they can request and receive our services without a parent/guardian’s consent.
Are you going through a separation or divorce?
Many families go through the difficult process of separating and/or divorcing and this can have an impact on the mental health of your children. In some instances, families seek professionals to help their children understand and cope with changes in your family’s situation.
Before we begin services: Who needs to provide Consent for Services at ROCK?
There is a wide range of legal decision-making arrangements for your children and we respect that. Some of the families that we see have a written agreement that helps answer the question of who needs to give consent for their child to begin service.
Sign our “Letter of Consent for Your Child to Receive Services”
To help us understand if one or both parents need to provide consent for services for your child(ren), a signed Letter of Consent is necessary so that we are clear that both parents are in agreement that their child can receive service.
Please complete the Letter of Consent form to bring with you to your first appointment.