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Running head: ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES1Ethical Boundaries and PracticesStacie HollowayGrand Canyon UniversityProfessional Counseling Orientation and EthicsPCN-505Marcie BurgerSeptember 20, 2016
ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES2Ethical Boundaries and PracticesEthics is defined as the moral ideals that influence a person’s behavior (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2016). As a counselor, one will find themselves governed by many different sets of codes of ethics to include the American Counseling Association and their own state licensing board. These ethics provide guidelines for the counselor and a variety of different types of relationships they will engage in to include the client relationship ("ACA Code of Ethics," 2014).Some important aspects of that relationship, that could become ethical issues for a counselor, are knowing when and where to create boundaries, implications of dual relationships, when it is appropriate to work within a multidisciplinary team for the betterment of the client and relationships with supervisors and coworkers. Being aware of what the ethical codes are on these topics as well as where the counselor’s beliefs stand could be the difference between having a successful career or being charged with an ethical violation. Boundaries is defined as the lines that mark the limits of an area (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2016). In counseling, there are many lines that must be looked at such as confidentiality or anything that may cause the client harm. There is a difference between boundary crossing and boundary violations. Boundary crossing is often described as “clinically effective interventions” (Zur, 2015, para. 2) and is in regard to attending a client’s ceremony suchas graduation or self-disclosure. Boundary crossing involves actions that violate or exploit the client (Zur, 2015). One of those boundaries would include dual relationships. Dual Relationships exist when a counselor and a client have multiple roles. An example of this could be that in addition to the counselor and client relationship, they are also friends (Zur, 2015). In the state of Oklahoma, being involved in a dual relationship is one of the most frequently filed violation with the state licensing board (Ashmore, 2016). Having an effective decision making
ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES3model when dealing with these situations of boundaries and dual relationships would provide thecounselor proper risk management for the counselor and the client (Younggren & Gottlieb, 2004).
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