The Ethics of Gift Giving and Receiving in Psychotherapy

Categories: Ethics
Includes lifetime access

Course Overview

ET218 – The Ethics of Giving and Receiving Gifts in Psychotherapy

This course is in development.  We will post more information once the course has been made available online.

Price: The requested fee for this course is $50.00 $15.00 (Till December 31, 2020).  This course comes with all inline reading materials, resources, and a whole lot of handouts.

Hours: This course has been designed for 1 hours of Continuing Education.

Please see the Policies, Refunds, and Disclaimers for more information about CE’s and student expectations – by taking this course, you are agreeing to be bound by those expectations.

Course Description

Practitioners don’t often discuss gifts for therapy clients, but does that mean you should give something special to your clients or accept anything from them?  Even though most therapists have regularly received gifts from clients, the idea of gifts in therapy has received minimal attention in ethical guidelines and literature.  One reason may be that therapists are reluctant to openly talk
about it for fear of being accused of some sort of boundary violation or of exploiting their clients.  For similar reasons, some therapists are even less willing to discuss the gifts they give to clients.

This course, then, seeks to address common concerns and misconceptions about giving and receiving gifts in the therapeutic environment, as well as:

  • to facilitate open discussion of gift-giving among therapists and clients,
  • describe various types of gifts given in therapy,
  • articulate clinical and ethical issues relating to gift-giving,
  • emphasize possible cultural and context-related factors of gift-giving,
  • and provide psychotherapists with basic guidelines for giving and receiving gifts in psychotherapy.

Key concepts covered include:

  • Client/Practitioner Relationships
  • Confidentiality
  • Boundaries
  • Research
  • Ethics

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