What can I say to get clients to consent to the recordings?

We’ve found that saying something like the following helps:

“I have an unusual opportunity for you. You should feel free to say yes or no. I’m about to begin a special supervision program and if you do say yes, I think you’ll really benefit. Here’s what I’d do. I’d record our next few therapy sessions but I would never say or write down your full name. I’ll send the recordings to a special supervisor who will listen to it, then delete it, and then give me feedback. I always think two heads are better than one. You’d get the benefit of the expert supervision that I’ll be getting. [pause] What do you think? Do you want to be the client I choose? Or would you like to think about it?”

If you are in group supervision, just change the script to say:

 “I’ll send the recordings to a special supervisor and to a couple of my colleagues. They’ll listen…”