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(p. 235) Fees and Financial Arrangements in Private Practice 

(p. 235) Fees and Financial Arrangements in Private Practice
(p. 235) Fees and Financial Arrangements in Private Practice

Jeffrey E. Barnett

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date: 19 January 2021

This chapter addresses the issue of fees for mental health professionals in private practice. Important issues discussed include the meaning of fees and money for practitioners and how to resolve conflicts about money that may adversely impact one’s practice. Guidance is provided on ethical and practical aspects of setting, raising, and collecting fees, including what to do when clients fail to pay. How to address fee issues as part of the informed consent process in an ethical and proactive manner is emphasized. Client hardship, sliding scales for fees, and pro bono fees are discussed, and practical advice is provided regarding fees for nonclinical services. Specific recommendations for ethical practice are provided that are consistent with each mental health profession’s code of ethics.

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