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Confidentiality is important in both, a group and individual setting. However, participantsin a group may feel more vulnerable to share their personal information for fear that another group member will breach confidentiality of the group. In a group setting, there is more individuals that have to keep information that is shared confidential. The risk of breach of confidentiality is much greater vs. individual counseling. A good way to communicate the importance of confidentiality is to establish ground rules within the group. This is an opportunityto get feedback from group members on what they feel is important within the group setting. It would also be beneficial to have a discussion with the group where they can discuss their feelings on the matter, gain emotional support, and build trust Lasky and Riva, 2017). Additionally, this will allow for the facilitator to educate the group on the importance of respecting each member’s privacy and maintaining confidentiality. Identifying consequences for what happens if confidentiality is broken is also necessary to share. Lasky & Riva (2017), state that informed consent is an important process during the initial meeting with a client because it provides the client with a sense of safety in sharing their information. Informed consent is also important to address in a group setting for the same purpose. The idea is that informed consent leads to informed decisions.

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