Client and Therapist Responsibilities:

Thank you for taking the time to read these guidelines. If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to ask them of the clinical staff. We feel that this information will make your contact with us more productive and satisfying. Students or those who have comments about Center policies or procedures are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center for clarification or more information.

Client Responsibilities Participation:
Therapy is most effective when the client and therapist work together on the agreed-upon goals of therapy. To facilitate this process, the client should be honest with the therapist discuss concerns openly complete outside assignments when appropriate listen to the therapist provide feedback to him or her about the process of therapy. Termination is part of the therapy process and should be discussed with your therapist.

The Counseling Experience:
While counseling can be of benefit to most people, the counseling process can evoke strong feelings and sometimes produce unanticipated changes in one's behavior. It is important that you discuss with your counselor any questions or discomfort you have regarding the counseling process. Your counselor may be able to help you understand the experience and/or use different methods or techniques that may be more satisfying.

Keeping Appointments:
We expect you to notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you cannot keep an appointment.
If you do not keep your appointment and do not call to cancel, your appointment time becomes available to another student
If a pattern of missed and failure-to-cancel sessions (2 or more) occurs, this matter will have to be discussed with the therapist before counseling may be resumed

Therapist Responsibilities:
Our responsibilities to you include Adherence to the Ethical Standards of Psychologists of the American Psychological Association, the Ethical Standards of Physicians of the American Medical Association and the National Association of Social Workers. These standards require that as mental health treating professionals:

We must safeguard information about our clients or patients obtained through examinations, interviews, testing, consultation or treatment; refrain from role conflicts such as business arrangements or intimate social and/or sexual relations with clients or patients; follow appropriate and accepted psychological/psychiatric diagnostic and treatment practices within our levels of expertise and competence; protect the welfare and dignity of the persons we serve at all times. 

Written Consent for Recording Sessions:
The therapist must seek and obtain written permission from you to audio or videotape therapy sessions. This is usually done only for training purposes.

If you are assigned to someone whose work is being supervised:
If a graduate student in clinical training from another university, or a post-doctoral psychologist fulfilling licensure requirements is assigned to you, the Center will notify you of that fact and will be given the name of the person's Rice Counseling Center supervisor.