The Ethics of Fee Practices: An Analysis of Presuppositions and Accountability

Volume
Volume 10
Issue
Spring 1982
Title
The Ethics of Fee Practices: An Analysis of Presuppositions and Accountability
Abstract

Psychotherapists, both inside and outside of the Christian community, have neglected discussion on the ethics of fee practices. Few ethical or practical guidelines exist to regulate therapists. In this article, the notion of financial sacrifice as a means to stimulate client interest in therapy is dismissed with empirical evidence, and the fixed fee schedule is compared to sliding scale payment. In addition a preliminary attempt is made to integrate Christian principles with issues of professional practice: Therapists and churches bear a responsibility to minister to those in need, regardless of the ability to pay for services. One method of arranging equal availability of services and solvency of practice is discussed.

Author
J.C. Danco
Pages
13 - 21
Price
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