Final 1.docx - Running head ETHICAL BOUNDARIES 1 Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices Ilsa Garcia Dr Lawless Grand Canyon University October 2

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Running head: ETHICAL BOUNDARIES 1 Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices Ilsa Garcia Dr. Lawless Grand Canyon University October 2, 2018
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Ethical Boundaries 2 Boundary issues and Dual Relationships There is a number of stipulated ethical standards which counselors are supposed too adhere to in their line of work. Any occurrence of acting contrary to the laid down code of conduct is considered to be a violation of the ethical requirements of the practice thus subjecting the therapist to some form of punishment according to the magnitude of breach of conduct. A dual relationship is defined as multiple relationships that occur when a counselor plays two or more professional or non-professional roles in a client’s life. An example would be a friend as well as a counselor, which is non-professional, and instructor and therapist would be considered professional role. For a therapist to have committed an unethical practice, it should be clearly demonstrated that they did engage in multiple relationships with their client at the extent that they were unable to carry out their duties effectively. The relationship between the therapist and the client should be one that is aimed at aiding the client by counseling them within the set professional standards. Any form of relationship between the two parties which may cloud the performance of the therapist or which places the client at risk of harm therefore signifies a scenario where the therapist has crossed his professional boundaries thus translating to violation of the ACA code of ethic required of counseling professions. The criteria for establishing whether one indeed crossed their boundaries by engaging in multiple relationships with clients involve proper assessments as to why the individual decided to engage in such a relationship. It is understood that there are quite a number of reasons, which may force the therapist to establish multiple relationships with clients. For instance, a client may approach a counselor with the objective of seeking advice on how to manage his business. This may lead to them establishing routine communication between them in order to determine the
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Ethical Boundaries 3 progress of the business. As long as the therapist advises the client in good faith, then they’re deemed to be operating within restricted ethical requirements of the counseling profession. However, the therapist may be perceived to have committed a breach of the code of conduct when with prior knowledge, advises the client to undertake a certain decision, which the counselor thinks, will harm the business. “Counselors are prohibited from engaging in a personal virtual relationship with individuals with whom they have a current counseling relationship.” (ACA, 2016, A.5.e) Likewise, in the case of a therapist involves himself in multiple relationships with the client with the aim of financially gaining from the relationship, then he is deemed to have violated the ethical demands of his profession (Herlihy & Corey, 2014). Another form of ethical standards
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