Running Head: Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices 1 Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices Mari LeVach Grand Canyon University: PCN-505 Caryn Attianese April 8, 2020
Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices 2 Section 1: Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships There is a difference between boundaries and dual- relationships. Boundaries define limits in any relationship, in a professional relationship such as counseling, boundaries can vary between confidentiality, accepting gifts, to the physical touch. Boundary violations are generally recognized by actions and not “intent”. Violations of boundaries usually happen when the relationship between the counselor and client has not be clearly defined. Dual relationships can be complex and ambiguous and defined as, the client also being the student, friend or family member of the professional (Kurpad, S., Machado, T., Galgali, R. and Daniel, S., 2012). Before determining if a dual relationship is ethically appropriate, I would need to have a clear understanding of the code of ethics in which I am associated with, which is the American Counseling Association. Additionally, I would reach out to my clinical supervisor, colleagues, and members of the board if need be. Below are examples of four counseling situations involving dual relationship that could be considered complex and ambiguous. There are a few circumstances where the dual relationship is unavoidable, for instance if you live in a small community and someone you know from church, the library or your child’s school has reached out to you for counseling services. A supervisory dual relationship could occur between a client and an intern where the supervisor is responsible for overseeing the client’s progress and the intern’s development as a therapist. There may be a case where the only connection you have with the client has been in a counseling relationship and you have been mandated by the court to testify. Counselors and clients can also find themselves being
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