Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ethics survey results are in: how ethical are mental health professionals?

Thanks to all of the respondents for taking the survey. And thanks to Ron Ober, LCSW, for supplying the questions. Part 2 to follow next week.


Discussion:
A majority of respondents thought taking gifts over $10 is always a bad idea.  Cultural background certainly plays an important part in this ethical dilemma.  A good place to start is asking: what is the meaning behind the gift?


Discussion:
Most respondents thought that attending a rite of passage is ok sometimes.  One important note here: it is a good idea to agree on how you (the therapist) will be introduced to others at the event.


Discussion:
The responses here were pretty evenly spread, which is an indicator that this situation can get dicey.


Discussion:
The professional consensus: don't do it!


Discussion:
Mostly no's on this one.  This is definitely entering into the realm of dual relationships.


Discussion:
As indicated by the responses, many professionals are unaware of the ethical issues that come with the administration of a sliding scale.  Professional associations recommend against it.  The American Counseling Association published a good discussion on this ethical mine field.


Discussion:
It's hard when the system prevents you from helping someone.  That being said, this one is unethical and a form of fraud.


Discussion:
Let's assume that someone had the likert scale switched around on this one!


Discussion:
The consensus: bad idea even if technically legal.


Discussion:
The NASW Code of Ethics (1.13B) says you might take this into consideration when providing services within communities where bartering is the cultural norm.

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