INFORMED CONSENT and AGREEMENT to VIDEOTAPE SESSIONS
I. INFORMATION FOR YOUR INFORMED CONSENT
A. THE PROCESS of PACT Sessions. The Psychobiologic Approach to Couples Therapy [PACT] is the main therapeutic processes I use in my work with you. It focuses on how our emotions and thoughts interact with our bodies: thus non-verbal communication is as important as the spoken word. In this context, a picture really is “worth a thousand words”, as the saying goes. Hence the importance and use of videotaping our sessions to convey information, interactions, and emotional context that cannot be described verbally. NB: During Covid, videotape has been replaced with Zoom recording on a HIPAA compliant platform.
- LOCATION. I will not use your recording[s] in your city of origin, i.e. where you live or work.
- NO IDENTITY. You will not be identified by name or location. Only your initials, the date, & zoom or my office location will be recorded.
- STORAGE. The digital record will be stored on a password protected or encrypted computer hard drive. This in turn will be stored in a locked cabinet as soon as possible.
- DISPOSAL. Recordings are erased (or recorded over) after serving (or not) one or more purposes noted below.
C. PURPOSES of VIDEOTAPING. By signing below, you agree to the following:
To facilitate our therapy work together e.g. reviewing a segment of a session together.
For teaching, supervision, and training graduate students and other professionals. The material will be disguised to the extent possible.
For research in the efficacy of the PACT approach compared to other models of couples therapy.
Should any publication result from any of these activities, the material will be disguised to the extent possible, and may be copyrighted. I would inform you in advance of any such publication.
Your signature below indicates that you give me, Joy A. Dryer, Ph.D,. permission to videotape, or Zoom record, our sessions.