Comments on Protecting Clients About Whom We Write (and Speak)

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Abstract

This comment lauds Barbara Sieck's article (“Obtaining clinical writing informed consent versus using client disguise and recommendations for practice”, Psychotherapy, 49, pp. 3–11.) as a solid review not only for therapists but for all clinicians and researchers. Her review also is relevant for assorted spoken presentations and for presentation of psychological assessment excerpts/reports, film clips, and qualitative research data and findings. Procedures that promote adequate disguise are listed, with an emphasis on the importance of authentically engaging the person-to-be-presented in discussion of the intended audience/readers and of what is being illustrated. The latter step serves not only the integrity of the participant but also their sense of contributing and of being respected.

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