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Disclaimer: Law, rules and regulations, not Guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations.

Experimental Treatment

Experimental treatment programs are those that either do not follow recognized or generally accepted treatment practices, or do not have established clinical protocols, or do not have a significant research base.

The client or guardian must be informed about the experimental nature of the treatment.

The informed consent must then be documented by the licensee, and should include:

  • a written explanation of the empirical and/or theoretical foundations for this treatment;
  • a description of the goals and methods of the treatment; and
  • mechanisms by which progress will be measured and reported.

As with all treatment procedures, standards of professional care as prescribed in Education Law Article 159 apply.