I will be switching jobs next week from a private clinic to a school district. Consequently, the clients I saw privately will be transitioned to another SLP. One of the clients I work with lives in a rural community outside of our city. I have been able to see this client at her home, but the new therapist is unable to drive that far. Because of financial reasons, the client's family cannot drive to the clinic location, but the family is interested in continuing therapy.
I provided the family with a list of private clinics and hospitals providing SLP services closer to the client's home. I believe it was my ethical responsibility to provide alternative treatment options when the family asked for them. My understanding of the ASHA code of ethics is that the client's well being is paramount. I felt by not providing alternative options (I did explain the benefits of staying with the current clinic), I would be jeopardizing the client's ability to continue receiving treatment.
My supervisor is unhappy that I provided a list of alternate providers. She feels that if the family cannot drive to the current clinic location, it is there responsibility to find alternate treatment closer to their home. (Side note--I provided a fairly general list of major hospitals and larger clinics, which did not include phone numbers.) She also feels that I acted in an unethical manner by "promoting" other private providers.
I would appreciate others opinions in this matter. I strive to behave ethically in all aspects of my career. Thank you.
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