Bartering in Psychotherapy
Online Course Materials: Audios Articles
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
This course is also offered as part of a Boundaries in Psychotherapy Certificate Program of 57 CE Credit Hours.
General Course Description
This intermediate-level course explores the complexities of bartering in the context of boundary crossings and dual relationships in psychotherapy. The course maps types of bartering (i.e. goods, services), discusses the relationships between and definitions of bartering, boundary crossing and dual relationships, explores the applications to poor clients and to those from different cultures, provides bartering vignettes, reviews the ethics codes on bartering, outlines the objections to bartering and offers clinical and ethical guidelines for employing, specifically, bartering and, more generally, boundary crossing and dual relationships.
The course consists of three articles with both audio and text versions. In the first article, Dr. Zur discusses clinical cases in which bartering served the therapeutic process and provides warnings regarding when it might not be appropriate. The second article by J. Lawrence Thomas, further discusses the complexities and rationale for bartering. In the final article, Dr. Zur reviews types of bartering and further discusses boundaries concerns as they apply to bartering for services. Additional references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.
- This course will teach the participant to:
- Identify the complexities and potential risks and benefits involved in bartering arrangements.
- List the different types of bartering arrangements.
- Utilize guidelines for handling bartering, dual relationships and boundaries in therapy.
- Evolution of Bartering
- Opposition to Bartering
- Bartering, Boundary Crossing and Dual Relationships
- Types of Bartering: Goods, Services, Part of a Pro Bono or Low Fee, Others
- Arranging Bartering: Direct Communication, Trade Associations, Online Bartering
- Bartering and the Codes of Ethics
- Case Studies
- Beyond Risk Management
- Guidelines for Bartering in Psychotherapy
- California Regulations on Bartering in Psychotherapy