I am currently completing a Master of Art Therapy course in Melbourne, Australia. My thesis title is "Group art therapy and photo therapy with women recovering from addictions - a narrative journey into identity and self discovery."
I'd like to pose a question to anyone who may have experience in submitting ethics approvals when working with clients and using "identifying" information (eg. self portraits). Legally, I require an informed consent form signed by the clients. Ethically, however, it's a different matter. I'm aware my clients may be vulnerable and feel coerced into signing, or may have regrets later, after the thesis is available to the public. I'd prefer not to have to obscure certain information within the images in the final copy, but may have little option in order to protect client's anonymity. (Pseudonyms will be used throughout).
Does anyone have ideas about release forms containing varied options for clients? ..Or any other means of working with self images bearing in mind variables such as the setting must be limited. If so, I'd love to hear from you.
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