This course has briefly addressed concerns specific to work with adolescents (under 18), particularly as it relates to gaining consent from and involving the parent/caregiver. As a psychosocial provider I know we often have experiences were adolescents only share questions or accurate information about their own sexual interests when parents are not present. How do some of you address this (whether on the psychosocial or medical side) to maintain the adolescent’s trust/inclination to share while balancing that need for parents’ consent? Does anyone work on a team where there are clear and specific policies for telling a parent that an adolescent is interested in having safe sex?
Great questions ecrochet! You should also consider asking any of our 6 ECHO Experts in our Ask the Experts discussion board (which you can access from the drop down menu when you hover over My Training Page > ECHO Discussions > Ask an Expert).