Consider the following example: A client comes to treatment complaining about being depressed. He scores high on a measure of paranoia, though he does not reach a clinical level. Do you think it is worth spending session time sharing this information and explaining its meaning to him, or do you think it would it be best to focus on other things? If you were this patient, would you want to know everything learned in the assessment?
• Think about how a clinician should balance the patient’s right to know against the “expense” of full disclosure, including the communication of information that may not be useful and is difficult to explain.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 your position regarding the patient’s right to know versus the “expense” of full disclosure of information collected in a comprehensive assessment. Be sure to justify your position.