The present paper discusses literature concerning the practice of bartering for counseling, psychological, or social work services in lieu of traditional monetary payment. The author contrasts the language concerning the practice of bartering found in the respective ethical codes for each profession, and presents literature describing both risks and potential benefits of bartering arrangements. The primary risks of bartering include liability concerns and the potential for harmful or exploitive dual relationships. The primary benefits are that bartering makes mental health services available to those who cannot afford traditional fees, and allows for a culturally relevant compensation method for those whose cultural backgrounds emphasize the practice of bartering.
Lane, J. A. (2013). The Ethical Implication of Bartering for Mental Health Services: Examining Interdisciplinary Ethical Standards, Michigan Journal of Counseling, 39(2), 4-12. doi:10.22237/mijoc/1356998460