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Earl is a counselor in a community mental health agency that serves an urban population. Earl conducts an intake

session with a client named Brenda, a 19 year old Korean-American women he had seen in family therapy 2 years ago. Brenda is currently an art student and sculptor. As a student, she lives on grants and student loans and wants to pay for counseling services with the art that she produces. She tells Earl that she trusts him, and wants to see him individually, as he helped her family through some painful times in the past. Brenda suggests that she could get the art appraised so that its value would be independently determined. When Earl offers a sliding-scale fee arrangement as a better option Brenda says that she comes from a proud family that has never accepted charity and she would not feel comfortable with that arrangement. Her actual cash income is so low that Brenda would qualify for free services. Earl is considering this arrangement as long as the art is independently appraised.

  1. What are the ethical issues in the case?

  1. Did the professional act in a manner consistent with current standards and principles? If not, what other courses of action would be more ethical? Support your decision by identifying the standards and principles relevant to this case.

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Earl should not be accepting goods and services as payment for counseling sessions. Earl offered a sliding scale payment... View the full answer

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