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Running head: ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES 1 Ethical Boundaries and Practices Anjelica Gamez Grand Canyon University PCN-505 Marcie Burger 11 September 2018
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ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES 2 Ethical Boundaries and Practices Counselors have the responsibility to respect an promote dignity when helping clients. (ACA, 2014, p.4). In addition to this the counselors must abide by the ethical obligations and provide professional services with a high level of quality. The American Counseling Association (2014) also upholds client welfare within the profession. It is vital that counselors take the right steps to collaborate and consult with other counselors, or other professionals if the counselor has questions about their ethical obligations. This summary will discuss dual relationships and common boundary issues within the counseling profession. We will also look at the professional viewpoint of collaboration in counseling. Lastly, this summary will also include my thoughts on the development of my thinking regarding ethics. Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships Dual relationships occur because one person takes on a different role than the professional role. The counselor must decide if this would be considered boundary crossing or dual relationship (Syme, 2006).The first factor that the counselor should look at is the overall affect this can have on his/her client as well as the therapeutic relationship. Although having many relationships with clients is frowned upon and seen as unprofessional it is, “sometimes unavoidable and not necessarily harmful. There is always a potential for a conflict of interest and exploitation” (Syme, 2006). The belief used to be that counselors should never engage in any kind of relationship outside of their counseling office since this relationship could automatically bring about negative consequences. Recently there has been a shift in this thinking as there is a distinct difference between crossing a boundary and violating a boundary. There may be times that the counselor sees the benefit of having a dual relationship and this could only happen if the client
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ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES was informed and offered consent. This informed consent affirms the client in knowing and educated on his/ her rights, which behavior is appropriate, and what behaviors are inappropriate. The counselor also must make sure the client understands the counselor’s responsibilities.
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