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  • 0 P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century PractitionerNew Perspectives on Ethics, Session 1: Comment Board 01.18.2011 07:23
    Susan -- Seattle
    Because some of my DID clients are artists/writers, I have had to grapple with the dilemma of clients wanting to give me gifts of their work. When I began my career as a therapist several decades ago, I maintained an absolute boundary of not accepting any gifts and, of course, explaining the ethics of why and discussing clients feelings and thoughts about themselves about this.
    Over the years, my thinking about gifts has changed. It has been therapeutic for clients to discover why it feels important to them to give me a gift. Is it a re-enactment from the past? One common response is to feel special. I've tried different approaches like creating a rock garden in my office where clients can add a rock they found to the collection.
    I continue to struggle with this dilemma, however. It would be helpful to me to hear how other clinicians handle gifts.

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