Ethics for Social Workers: The Fee in Psychotherapy
with Kylie Dennis, Ph.D., LCSW
Join us Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m – 12 p.m.
$120 / 3.0 Credit Hours / Intermediate Course / Virtual Via Zoom
Money is essential in Western culture for most people’s survival. Therefore, it is charged with emotion and meaning and is often the focus of conflict in relationships. In the therapeutic relationship, payment of the fee is an essential part of the frame. Both the patient and the therapist bring their conscious and unconscious feelings, meanings, and experiences related to money into the therapeutic process.
Psychoanalytic theory has much to offer when it comes to understanding the nuances of fee payment in psychotherapy. In this course, we will draw upon theory to assist with tasks such as setting fee policies, making interpretations related to fee payment, handling conflicts that may arise, and dealing with the challenges of third-party payment.,
Participants in this class will be able to:
Explain the fee as one aspect of the therapeutic frame, which sets the stage for the unfolding of the therapeutic relationship.
List several possibilities for conscious and unconscious feelings related to the fee that may arise in the therapeutic relationship, on the part of both the therapist and the patient.
Assist the patient in working through conflicts related to the fee.
Apply psychoanalytic theory to tasks such as setting fee policies, and dealing with the impact of third party payment on psychotherapy.
Pauley, D. (2019) The Therapeutics of the Fee in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 29:560-574
Berger, B. (2019) Discussion of “The Therapeutics of the Fee in Psychoanalysis”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 29:575-582
Sopher, R. (2019) The Frame, Within and Without: Discussion of “The Therapeutics of the Fee in Psychoanalysis”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 29:583-590
Pauley, D. (2019) The Fee and the Analyst’s Life Cycle: Reply to Berger and Sopher. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 29:591-593 Hersh, R. G. (2020) Money Questions and the Structural Interview. Psychodynamic Psychiatry 48:407-421
Hersh, R. G. (2020) Money Questions and the Structural Interview. Psychodynamic Psychiatry 48:407-421