Dear Potential Research Participant,

If you have experienced a facilitated disclosure in your healing from addiction, then you know how important and difficult a disclosure process can be.  We are currently conducting a study that will help inform clinicians on how to conduct disclosure sessions that are as least traumatic as possible and can lead to a foundation from which a couple can begin to heal from the ravages of addiction. 

To date, there is only one study that was conducted on the process of disclosure, and it contained only one question.  In this survey, we would like to collect data on your experience of disclosure.  Given this is an area with an extreme shortage of research, sharing your point of view could make a big difference on how clinicians are taught and trained on best practices on how to handle disclosures.  We will be asking questions about things such as how you were prepared, how the disclosure was facilitated, the relationship you had with your therapist, and your thoughts and feedback on the process.  Your input is invaluable to the field!

  • Your information will be kept completely anonymous and confidential.  The data will be collected and analyzed as a whole so your specific responses will not be identified with your name or any identifiable information. 
  • The survey should take between 15-30 minutes to complete.  If you choose not to participate, there will be no consequences to you and you can discontinue your participation at any time. 
  • The benefits of participating will be knowing that your feedback will be making a valuable contribution to the field. 
  • The risks of participating include that the survey could bring up some emotions for you about the disclosure process.  If you feel triggered emotionally, please reach out to your personal therapist, or if you don’t have a therapist, you can find a specialist by using the following website resource:  
  • The results of this survey will be disseminated through conference presentations and journal articles.  Also, we would be happy to provide any participant a copy of the results if you reach out to us, email information is listed below. 
This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects at Northwest University.

Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to this very important area of research.

Kind Regards,

Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LMFT, CSAT-S
(480) 488-0150

Co-Investigators: Justin and Heidi Monuteaux