Are you a clinical research team member obtaining informed consent from human research volunteers?

Could you or your team use information on best practices and strategies for obtaining informed consent from special populations?

Join Tufts CTSI for a blended synchronous/asynchronous workshop focused on providing hands-on practice consenting research participants from special populations. This training has two parts: a required, self-paced pre-work tutorial on Tufts CTSI I LEARN, and a live Zoom practice session.

In the live portion of the workshop, all participants will practice obtaining informed consent with members of Tufts CTSI’s Stakeholder Expert Panel and student actors from the Boston Arts Academy in two role-play scenarios: an adolescent research participant and an adult with temporary diminished capacity. Panel members are former research participants and individuals with experience as simulated patients. This is a learning and skill building opportunity for you, and you will not be evaluated in any way.

Participants must complete all of the pre-work on Tufts CTSI I LEARN in order to receive the Zoom link for the live training. While in the live session your active participation in the role-play activity is required. You will also learn through providing feedback to others and engaging in group discussion. This will ensure that you get the most out of what this training has to offer.

Clinical research coordinators, investigators, research fellows, research nurses, and anyone involved in obtaining informed consent are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

After attending this event, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional judgement on whether a potential participant has the capacity to provide willing and uncoerced consent.
  • Distinguish between competency and capacity with respect to informed consent conversations.
  • Distinguish between assent and consent to participate in research.
  • Demonstrate (using plain language) explaining the informed consent process, in a virtual setting, to participants from special populations.


Live Session: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Online via Zoom (a link will be sent to those who register and complete the I LEARN pre-work).


To attend, please enroll here via Tufts CTSI I LEARN by noon on February 2, 2022.

NOTE: Registration will open on Monday, January 10.

Prerequisite: CITI basic human subjects protection training. Participants will be required to upload proof of CITI completion to the Tufts CTSI I LEARN course site before the live session.

For further information, please contact Noelle Weicker, MHS.