Throughout the call, Amy listens to him and empathizes with his situation. The y spoke on the phone for three hours that night. She provided him with encouragement and gave him advice on how to better manage his stress. At the end of the call, John relays that he thinks therapy might be helpful for him at this time but due to his finances, he fears that he may not be able to afford one. He asks Amy if she would be willing to see him at a reduced rate.
Amy is worried about the problems which can arise from mixing personal and professional relationships, but also understands that John is going through a difficult time financially. She informs John that she will have to deliberate and get back to him about her choice. During this time she consults with her colleagues to add knowledge and objectivity to the decision; while working through the steps in the ethical decision making process laid out in the “Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists.”
The first step in the ethical decision-making process is to identify people who may be potentially affected by the decision. As a psychologist you have a duty...
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...ohn, or other people she may know, general life advice.
Amy committed to this action and chose to have John referred to another psychologist because she did not want to have conflicting roles in John’s life that were incompatible with each other. She felt as though he would benefit more and have better quality therapy with someone that he does not know personally. John was accepting of Amy’s referral and trusted that she had his best interest at heart. John entered into therapy with another professional and Amy maintained a positive supportive relationship with John on a nonprofessional level. There was no need to re-engage in the decision-making process because the ethical issue was resolved. Amy communicated clearly to John why this dual role was not feasible to have a therapeutic relationship; this prevented the possibility of this same issue resurfacing again.
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