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Bartering in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Considerations

Online Course Materials:    ArticlesArticles    AudiosVideos   ArticlesArticles   

All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

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Course fulfills, fully or in part, the Ethics & Law requirements for psychologists in CA and for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and addiction counselors in other states. Verify requirements with your state board.

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This course is also offered as part of a Boundaries in Psychotherapy Certificate Program of 58 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 two audios with transcripts and three articles. The first set includes one audio and two articles and discusses the complexities and types of bartering. The following audio then provides the more general context of psychotherapeutic boundaries in which the discussion of boundaries is taking place. The final article critically reviews the different Professional Associations’ Codes of Ethics on Bartering in psychotherapy. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

    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.
  • Identify what the different codes of ethics state in regard to bartering.

Course Syllabus:

  • 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
  • References
  • Guidelines for Bartering in Psychotherapy
  • California Regulations on Bartering in Psychotherapy
  • Boundaries and Dual Relationships in Psychotherapy:
    • Purpose and Definition
    • Dual Relationships – Key Points
    • Boundaries – Key Points
    • Dual Relationships – Guidelines
    • References to Online Articles and to Online Ethics Codes
    • Arguments Against Dual Relationships and their Rebuttals
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Cost: $29.00

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