And recognize that in some cultures, small gifts are a token of respect and showing
gratitude. When determining whether or not to accept a gift from clients, counselors take
into account: the therapeutic relationship, the monetary value of the gift, a client’s motivation for giving the gift, and the counselor’s motivations for wanting or declining the gift. (A.10.e.)
The reason this is an ethical challenge is that according to AAMFT Code of Ethics (2005),”a counselor does not receive from clients (a) gifts from clients”. However, in the latest version of ACA codes of ethics (2005),” recognize that in some cultures, small gifts are a token of respect and showing gratitude.”
Therefore, by accepting the gift from the client from China would not break a code of ethics. Initially, the counselor did insult the client but reconciled later by accepting the gift.
3) Physical Contact
The scenario: A client comes into the session crying, and bursts into sobbing and shakes uncontrollably. She is a 32- year- old woman who has just lost her mother from breast cancer. You approach her and give her a hug.