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Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions 10th Edition

Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions (10th Edition)

Book Edition10th Edition
Author(s)Corey, Corey
PublisherCengage Learning
Suggested Activities
Chapter 1, Ethical Decision Making, A Case of Positive Ethics, Exercise 01
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Regarding the matter of establishing fees, I would tend to

a. have a standard fee that is the same for all my clients.

b. use a sliding scale to accommodate those with financial hardships.

c. increase my fees with existing clients as the cost of living increases.

d. retain the fee agreement initially made with clients.

e. ________


The counselor may revert to the therapist's statement of terminating the sessions in the following ways:

  • The counselor may have a concern as the client will not receive the needed treatment.
  • The counselor might think that it is unethical to cease the treatment when the client needs it.
  • The counselor may report the unethical action of the counselor to the official organizations.
  • As the therapist would not provide the required regular treatment, the counselor may feel that the counselor has not made an appropriate decision.
  • The counselor may have appreciated the therapist for exhibiting ethical behavior.
  • The counselor may worry about the effectiveness of the treatment that will be received by other therapists. It is because the client was recovering from the treatment provided by the current therapist.
  • The counselor may appreciate the therapist for helping the client by adjusting their fees and providing the counseling sessions.

Sample Response

Positive ethics encourage counselors to consider ethical issues in an all-embracing context that helps them to make better decisions for the welfare of their clients and better integration of personal values with professional rules.


The following are the decisions made by the therapist when the client wishes to stop taking the sessions due to financial problems:

  • The counselor may not want to see the client without the pay.
  • The counselor may reduce the rate of sessions by seeing the client once a month for a short period at affordable fees.
  • The counselor may see the client on a regular basis with affordable fees.
  • The counselor may refer a counselor who the client can afford.
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