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BARTERING IN COUNSELING Bartering in counseling The ethical dilemma in Henry the counselor’s situation is whether to allow Mr. P to access counseling services, which he will pay for by providing general office maintenance services. This is referred to as bartering. In the broader perspective, it refers to the exchange of goods and services, and it has been a practice widely accepted by human for ages, even before the introduction of monetary items. In psychotherapy and counseling, bartering refers to the acceptance of non-monetary payment for counseling services (Woody, 1998). This practice is popular with clients who have no financial means to pay for these services. In some cultures, it is an accepted form of payment while in others it is considered unacceptable. It is also popularly practiced in specific periods such as in times of global financial crisis or personal financial woes. Various means of structuring payment in this system exist; with the most common being estimating the value of the services offered and exchanging them for goods or services of a similar value. However, bartering is a controversial issue in counseling; with opponents argue on the power disparity presented by this trade, hence likely exploitation of the client (Woody, 1998). On the other hand, proponents argue that bartering, even of counseling services, is an essential part of human life as it benefits those who cannot afford money to pay for these services. In this paper, I will use Henry the Counselor’s situation to argue against bartering for counseling services.
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  • Summer '16
  • j.m mwaki
  • Ethics , bartering, CcpA

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