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on: July 14, 2011, 21:56
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By Dr Alberto Torelli in December 2003
Some clients have given to me many Christmas gifts, from gold or silver things to food and clothes and flowers. My worries are not caused by the gifts 'per se', but by the fact that the value of some of them (e.g. golden and silver objects) is a lot more than the value of the few clients' sessions with me.. therefore I'm beginning to wonder whether is it ethical to accept gifts of such value (at least, I'm not at ease with this).. so, please, can someone help with some comment? Thank you in advance, and happy Christmas to all

Alberto
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By Shaun Brookhouse on 12-25-2003 03:20 AM
Hi Alberto

Here in the UK there is a clause in most organisations Code of Ethics and Practice that gifts like this should not be accepted. There is the posssibility, no matter how small that this could lead to a transference situation.

If offered, I would suggest, if you are not comfortable, that you cannot accept the gifts due to professional ethics.

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By Scot Giles on 12-25-2003 11:33 AM
Hi Alberto,

The NGH doesn't prohibit such gifts, although as Shaun suggests, accepting them is very unwise. There was a court case here in the US where the gift-giver later sued the hypnotist/psychotherapist (it was a Psychologist) claiming that the practitioner used undue influence to extort gifts from the client.

In my own life and practice I've always felt that the appropriate limit for this sort of thing should be approximately the cost of one session. Therefore, I pay my spiritual director $100/session, so his Christmas gift was a $100 gift certificate to a bookstore.

Similarly, I received a $100 gift certificate from a wealthy client as a Christmas gift, and several others gave me plates of cookies, gifts of exotic coffees. etc. These are all appreciated and appropriate.

BTW, Milton Erickson was often given gifts by client/students--typically things like purple telephones, etc. as he was colorblind and could see purple especially well. But again, he kept this within limits.

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By Dr Alberto Torelli on 12-26-2003 03:11 PM
Hi..

yes, I have refused one of those gifts showing this from APHP code of ethics (UK): "19. Neither expect nor encourage gifts from clients. Small tokens of appreciation may be accepted at the end of therapy but should in no way be solicited". The problem has been that other similar gifts have come from VERY rich clients. I do have told them that I can accept only small gifts, but those clients replied to me that for them those gifts are a very little thing, and that to refuse them would have been an offense for them.. therefore I have accepted them in second instance, because I think that in these cases also to refuse a gift can lead to a bad transference situation.. it's not always easy to do the right thing.. nevertheless, I hope to have been within the code (well.. wondering about this is a good sign of ethics, isn't it?). Thank you for your comments.. they are very useful

Alberto

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