Peer consultation groups provide a forum for Volunteer Therapists with The Soldiers Project to meet informally with peers and colleagues to discuss clinical and practice issues in a supportive and confidential setting. Many practitioners report that participating in such a group is an important professional activity for finding support and exchanging information about practice and therapy.
Sharing information and experiences can also facilitate professional growth, allowing members of a peer consultation group to develop their clinical skills and improve their decision-making abilities. It can also facilitate professional growth by offering mentoring and networking opportunities.
Whatever form a peer consultation group takes, a common consideration among all the groups is confidentiality. The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002) states in Standard 4.06 that when consulting with colleagues, psychologists may not disclose confidential information that could lead to the identification of a client without the client’s prior consent, unless disclosure cannot be avoided. In addition, the code says that psychologists may “disclose information only to the extent necessary to achieve the purposes of the consultation.”
For more information about Peer Consultation Groups for volunteer therapists with The Soldiers Project, please email email@example.com