The right counselling contract can protect you from getting sued by patients. Here are a few things to remember when drawing one up.
Sensitivity to the patient’s personal background
Anything that is not understood counts for nothing. The patient is only truly informed if he or she understood what was told. In other words, couch your explanation in terms the patient can understand or relate to. Refrain from jargon and abbreviations. When language is an issue, a counsellor may hire a qualified translator or interpreter. One should also consider cultural barriers and adjust where appropriate.