Bartering/ Psychology Ethics

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Bartering In general the practice of bartering is an exchange for goods and or services; and the act of which, may be the norm for certain cultures and communities, where the act of bartering is a generally accepted means of compensation, and when clients may lack the means to pay for necessary services. According to the scenario Betty, a beauty enhancement specialist, has sought help for substance abuse issues and has little by way of finance. Because of an inability to pay for necessary services she has offered to barter (beauty treatment) for psychological treatment, thus placing the psychologist in an awkward situation. If you were the counselor, would you accept these services as payment? If so, how would you accept? Using the aforementioned material, bartering in this scenario is the exchange of goods and/or services for psychological treatment, and the more common approach is to the exchange of fair market value goods such as services, paintings, sculptures, and furniture for treatment. Therefore, if the fee for the treatment were $150 per session, Betty’s service with a fair market value of $1,500 buys her a total of ten sessions (Zur, 2011). While this exchange has merit, there is the potential for significant ethical concerns; and because of which, I would not feel comfortable in a bartering relationship with Betty. If this is an acceptable form of payment, how might you ensure that it is ethically sound and that no power differential exists between you and the client? According to licensing boards, Consumer protection agencies, risk management experts, and ethics committees, fair exchange bartering (all bartering for that matter) is largely frowned upon, as there is the potential to create power disparity (power differential) between the councilor and client (Zur, 2011). Moreover, there is a heightened potential for disclosure concerns, boundary
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