This Agreement is entered into by and between: Ron Hall, Stoic Therapy, LLC, 270 Farmington Ave Ste 306-7, Farmington, CT 06032 (Philosophical Counselor) and
Description of Philosophical Counseling: Philosophical counseling is an exploratory collaboration between Philosophical Counselor and Client with respect to Topic. Philosophical counseling services are designed to be oriented toward completing the goal specified in Topic. Both Philosophical Counselor and Client agree to pursue the goal specified in Topic, and that philosophical counseling services are the agreed upon method.
1) Philosophical Counselor-Client Relationship
A. Philosophical Counselor agrees to the following code of ethics, which has been adapted from the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA) by replacing “philosophical practitioner” with “Philosophical Counselor,” and “client” with “Client.”
Part I: Fundamental Canons
1. Philosophical Counselor will, above all, endeavor to do no harm.
2. Philosophical Counselor will render their services for the benefit of Client.
3. Philosophical Counselor will refer Client for appropriate alternative care if the Client’s problems are adjudged to be not primarily philosophical in origin, or not amenable to philosophical approaches.
4. Philosophical Counselor will respect the dignity and autonomy of Client, and will respect their confidentiality and protect their anonymity to the extent required by law.
5. Philosophical Counselor will conduct their consultations and deliberations with reputability and integrity, and will refrain from behaviors, practices and conflicts of interest that would bring the profession into disrepute.
6. Philosophical Counselor will, beyond attending to the needs of their clients, endeavor to serve the greater good of the community and society in which they reside.
Part II: Standards of Ethical Practice
1. In providing professional services, Philosophical Counselor should maintain utmost respect for the welfare, integrity, dignity, and autonomy of Client.
2. Philosophical Counselor should facilitate maximum Client participation in philosophical explorations. They should avoid dictating “correct” answers to Client queries and issues, but should actively encourage Client’s own engagement of reflective powers and rational determinations. In cases in which Client is seeking assistance for purposes of resolving a specific problem such as an ethical problem or other practical matter, Philosophical Counselor may, in light of philosophical exploration of the matter, suggest possible courses of action. However, they should make clear to Client that the final decision rests with Client.
3. Philosophical Counselor should be sensitive to alternative “world views” and philosophical perspectives including those based upon cultural or gender distinctions among diverse client populations.
4. Philosophical Counselor should not engage in any form of unjust discriminatory activity. While a philosophical practitioner is not required to accept as clients all those who seek services, the refusal to render such services should be based solely upon the perceived inability to provide beneficial services, or upon other relevant issues of practice.
5. Philosophical Counselor should avoid creating dependency relations in clients and seek wherever possible to instruct clients in the methods and theories of philosophy so that clients may continue to apply these methods and theories without the assistance of the philosopher.
6. Philosophical Counselor should avoid scheduling unnecessary meetings or sessions. The services of the practitioner should be terminated when, to the satisfaction of Client, the purposes for which they were sought have been fulfilled or when no further benefits are likely to accrue from their continuation.
7. Philosophical Counselor should refrain from manipulating or coercing Client, as well as any form of fraud or deceit.
8. Philosophical Counselor should be scrupulously accurate about their credentials and qualifications. They should not mislead Client about their credentials and should not hold themselves out (either implicitly or explicitly) as mental health counselors, psychologists, or authorities in any other field for which they are not otherwise qualified. No member should hold himself or herself out (either implicitly or explicitly) as a Philosophical Counselor without having duly satisfied all training and degree requirements for certification as provided for by the Association.
9. Philosophical Counselor should not employ techniques or methods not associated with training in philosophy (for example, hypnosis or other psychiatric/psychological interventions) for which they are not otherwise qualified.
10. On or prior to the first meeting, Philosophical Counselor should provide Client with clear, accurate, honest, and complete information regarding the nature of services he or she is qualified to render, and should not make any unwarranted claims about the utility or effectiveness of such services.
11. When Client’s problem or reason for seeking philosophical services falls outside the purview of the practitioner’s qualifications or areas of competence, then the practitioner should provide Client with an appropriate referral.
12. At all junctures in the process of providing philosophical services, Philosophical Counselor should seek to maintain the freely given and informed consent of Client.
13. Philosophical Counselor should inform Client of his or her fees prior to the commencement of services.
14. The Philosophical Counselor should safeguard Client’s right to privacy by treating as confidential all information obtained from the client, except where disclosure is required by law or is justified in order to prevent imminent, substantial harm to Client or to others. In all such exceptional cases, disclosure may be made provided that it is made to the appropriate party or authority and no more information than necessary is disclosed. Philosophical Counselor should inform Client of the pertinent limits to confidentiality upon initiating services.
15. If Philosophical Counselor confidentially receives information establishing that Client has a contagious and fatal disease, Philosophical Counselor is justified in disclosing (necessary) information to an identifiable third party who, by his or her relation to Client, is at high risk of contracting the disease. Philosophical Counselor should, however, first confirm that neither Client nor any other party has already disclosed the information nor intends to make the disclosure in the immediate future. Prior to disclosing the information, Philosophical Counselor should inform Client of his or her intention to disclose. In proceeding with disclosure, the practitioner should act mindfully of the welfare, integrity, dignity, and autonomy of both Client and third party.
16. Philosophical Counselor should secure and treat as confidential all records and written documents obtained or produced in the course of providing services. Such documents, or the content thereof, may not be shared with other professionals without the freely given and informed consent of Client.
17. For purposes of research, training, or publication, Philosophical Counselor may use data obtained in the course of counseling provided that all identifying references are deleted or fictionalized in order to ensure Client privacy and confidentiality. Prior to initiating services, practitioners should inform Client of such possible use of acquired data.
18. Philosophical Counselor should avoid sexual intimacy with Clients or any other form of dual role relation which might compromise the integrity of the professional relationship.
19. Philosophical Counselor should not use their affiliations with colleges, universities, or other institutions or agencies as means of recruiting Clients for their private practices. They may, however, use such affiliations as documentation of relevant background and/or training.
20. If Philosophical Counselor is aware of violations or intended violations of the Standards of Ethical Practice by another member practitioner, Philosophical Counselor should take appropriate measures to prevent the misconduct. Generally, if the misconduct can be prevented or rectified by calling the violation to the attention of the offending practitioner, then this is the preferred course of action. If such efforts fail or are not feasible, the violation should be called to the attention of the Association’s Executive Committee.
21. Philosophical Counselor should exemplify those moral qualities of character that are associated with being philosophical (for example, being open-minded, honest, rational, consistent, fair, and impartial).
22. Philosophical Counselor should keep informed about current statutes, legal precedents, social issues, etc. that are relevant to their practice and which might affect the quality of services they render. Similarly, those practicing as consultants in a specialized field, such as medical ethics, should keep informed of changes in health law and policies that may affect the quality of their services.
23. Consistent with the Standards of Ethical Practice, Philosophical Counselor should comply with existing local, state or provincial, and federal laws relevant to the private practice of philosophy and should work for change of existing laws where such laws prevent or obstruct its ethical practice.
24. Philosophical Counselor should seek to promote mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect between philosophy and other helping professions including teaching, mental health, social work, medicine, and psychology.
25. Philosophical Counselor should contribute to the advancement of the private practice of philosophy by promoting public understanding of its nature and value through such activities as research, publication, teaching, lecturing, and competent, ethical practice.
B. Client acknowledges that Philosophical Counselor analyzes Topic but does not advocate any action due to analysis. Philosophical Counselor provides analysis so that Client may better make their own decision. As such, Client acknowledges that Client is responsible solely for any decision, choice, action, or inaction in relation to the analysis. Client agrees that Philosophical Counselor is not and will not be liable or responsible for any decision, choice, action, or inaction, or for any direct or indirect result of services provided by Philosophical Counselor.
C. Client acknowledges that Philosophical Counselor is not a licensed professional counselor, and that philosophical counseling services provided by Philosophical Counselor do not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association, and that services provided are not to be used as a substitute for marital counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, or other professional advice by legal, medical, or other qualified professionals. Client acknowledges that philosophical counseling is not mental health care, and does not prevent, cure, or treat any mental disorder or medical disease. Client acknowledges that it is the exclusive responsibility of Client to seek such independent professional guidance as needed. If Client is currently under the care of a mental health professional, it is recommended that Client promptly inform the mental health care provider of the nature and extent of the philosophical counseling relationship agreed upon by Philosophical Counselor and Client.
D. Client further acknowledges that he/she may terminate or discontinue the philosophical counseling relationship at any time.
E. In order to have a productive relationship with Philosophical Counselor, Client agrees to communicate honestly, and to be open to feedback, logical consequences, and new perspectives.
Services consist of a number of sessions. Philosophical Counselor and Client agree to engage in one or more sessions, where each session has a duration of 50 minutes. Each session is by appointment only.
3) Schedule and Fees
The fee for each session is due in advance of the session.
Sessions are not refundable. If Client terminates philosophical counseling services before any session is completed as a scheduled appointment, any remaining and paid sessions are valid within one calendar year of the date of purchase.
The time and location of each philosophical counseling session will be determined in advance by Philosophical Counselor and Client. Each session is by appointment only. Client agrees to initiate all scheduled calls and will call Philosophical Counselor at the following telephone number for all scheduled meetings (860) 960-6711. If Philosophical Counselor will be at any other number for a scheduled call, Client will be notified prior to the scheduled appointment time.
This philosophical counseling relationship, as well as all information (documented or verbal) that Client shares with Philosophical Counselor as part of this relationship, is regarded as confidential, as described in the code of ethics. However, please be aware that the Philosophical Counselor-Client relationship is not considered a legally confidential relationship (like the medical and legal professions) and thus communications are not subject to the protection of any legally recognized privilege. Philosophical Counselor agrees not to disclose any information pertaining to Client without the written consent of Client. Philosophical Counselor will not disclose Client’s name as a reference without the consent of Client.
Confidential Information does not include information that: (a) was in the possession of the Philosophical Counselor prior to its being furnished by Client; (b) is generally known to the public or in Client’s industry; (c) is obtained by Philosophical Counselor from a third party, without breach of any obligation to Client; (d) is independently developed by Philosophical Counselor without use of or reference to Client’s confidential information; or (e) Philosophical Counselor is required by statute, lawfully issued subpoena, or by court order to disclose; (f) is disclosed to Philosophical Counselor and as a result of such disclosure Philosophical Counselor reasonably believes there to be an imminent or likely risk of danger or harm to Client or others; and (g) involves illegal activity. Client also acknowledges his or her continuing obligation to raise any confidentiality questions or concerns with Philosophical Counselor in a timely manner.
6) Cancellation Policy
Client may cancel any session. If Philosophical Counselor is notified by Client that a session will be canceled at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment and the session has not been rescheduled at least three times, Philosophical Counselor will attempt in good faith to reschedule the session and Client will not be billed for the session as that scheduled appointment. Otherwise, Philosophical Counselor reserves the right to bill Client for any session that was not canceled at least 24 hours in advance of the scheduled appointment, which includes no-shows, or upon the third instance of rescheduling the same session. A no-show appointment is defined as a session that was scheduled, was not canceled, Philosophical Counselor was not notified by Client that the session is or will be canceled, and Client was not present as previously agreed.
7) Record Retention Policy
Client acknowledges that Philosophical Counselor has disclosed this record retention policy with respect to documents, information, and data acquired or shared during the term of the Philosophical Counselor-Client relationship. These records will be maintained by Philosophical Counselor in a format of Philosophical Counselor’s choice (print or digital/electronic) for a period of not less than two years.
For the privacy of Client, data acquired during any session is headless, meaning that the only unique identifying information is a case number. There exists only one computer file that matches the case number to the name of Client, and this file is 256-bit encrypted and stored in a Linux computer that does not connect to the Internet.
Either Philosophical Counselor or Client may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving a written notice by mail or email. Early termination does not result in a refund for prepaid sessions. Any prepaid sessions that have not yet occurred may be rescheduled at the discretion of Philosophical Counselor within the period of one year after the effective date of termination of philosophical counseling services.
9) Limited Liability
Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, Philosophical Counselor makes no guarantees, representations or warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied with respect to the philosophical counseling services negotiated, agreed upon, and rendered. In no event shall Philosophical Counselor be liable to Client for any indirect, consequential, or special damages. Notwithstanding any damages that Client may incur, Philosophical Counselor’s entire liability under this Agreement, and Client’s exclusive remedy, shall be limited to the amount actually paid by Client to Philosophical Counselor under this Agreement for all philosophical counseling services rendered through and including the termination date.
10) Entire Agreement
This document reflects the entire Agreement between Philosophical Counselor and Client, and reflects a complete understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter. This Agreement supersedes all prior written and oral representations. The Agreement may not be amended, altered, or supplemented except in writing and signed by both Philosophical Counselor and Client.
11) Dispute Resolution
If a dispute arises out of this Agreement that cannot be resolved by mutual consent, Philosophical Counselor and Client agree to attempt to mediate in good faith for up to 30 days after notice given. If the dispute is not so resolved, and in the event of legal action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover attorney’s fees and court costs from the other party.
If any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If the Court finds that any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.
The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party’s right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement.
14) Applicable Law
This Agreement shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Connecticut, without giving effect to any conflicts of laws provisions.
15) Binding Effect
This Agreement shall be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and permissible assigns. Please sign both copies and return one copy of this Agreement prior to the first philosophical counseling appointment. Retain one copy for your records and mail the other to:
Philosophical Counselor and Address:
Stoic Therapy, LLC
270 Farmington Ave Ste 306-7
Farmington, CT 06032
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