RUNNING head: ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICE1Kimberly GuidryCounselor Ethical Boundaries and PracticeGrand Canyon University: PCN 505October 13, 2015Counselor Ethical Boundaries and PracticesEthical boundaries in counseling are critical parts of any effectual client-counselorbond. Boundaries set the stage for the client/counselor bond and give a constant
COUNSELOR AND ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES 2structure for the counseling practice. Many counselorlimitations are well-defined. Manycounselors should recognize that it is ethically problematical if they counsel their ex-lover because the pre-existing feelings ruins impartiality and aids to weakening theprofessional relationship.Boundary Issues and Dual RelationshipsOne key aspect of a professional or addiction counselors involve being aware ofwhat dual relationships are and the boundaries that are set up between a client and thecounselor. A professional counselor should have knowledge of the role in which ethicshas in the professional relationship. Ethics is not merely a way of defending the client butalso offering protecting to the counselor as well.Counselor Decision-Making and Counseling ExamplesIn the counseling career dual relationships also known as having a variousrelationships and can be described as a condition in which various positions are presentthe counselor and the client. Callanan et al discuss the fact that when a counselor and aclient blend their professional relationship with a non-professional relationship, thenethical concerns must be considered (2014). Restrictions in place amongst a counselorand a client are made to guard equally client and counselor. A professional or addictioncounselor is seen as a person of authority in the lives of their client and if the limitationsare not in place, the counselor may possibly take advantage of the client. Deciding ifcrossing a line in a dual relationship is ethical and suitable with a client that being treated,I should first read and become familiar with the ACA code of ethics to decide what isconsidered as unethical dual relationships. The ACA code of ethics is detailed in how itexplains what is considered an unethical dual relationship. ACA Code A.5.a states that asexual and/or romantic counselor– client interactions or relationships with current clients,their romantic partners, or their family members are prohibited (2014). The ethnical code
COUNSELOR AND ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES 3of also describes how counselors are forbidden to provide counseling sessions toa personthey formerly had a sexual/romantic involvement with. If the circumstance is not coveredwithin the ethical guidelines, then the counsel of the supervisor or coworker is needed todecide what are their views in regards to the situation. In making a determination of whatis ethnical, I would seek out to find solutions that would not unfavorably have emotionalimpact my client or I. I would also seek out how to decide if the change in relationship
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