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someone else in the room with me. Another example would be, having an attraction to the client or vise versa. This is a tricky situation as being a counselor, we know it is wrong for to have feelings or attraction for a client. The ACA Code of Ethics states “Sexual and/or romantic counselor– client interactions or relationships with current clients, their romantic partners, or their family members are prohibited” (A.5a.) Entering into this type of relationship it is not a good idea, it could cause a lot of harm to the client and even cost me my license. It would not be worth it. If there were feelings that came up, a counselor would talk to a supervisor and ask themfor advice on how to handle the situation or see if it was possible to have them start seeing a different counselor, so nothing further happens. The third example is having a counseling relationship with someone you have had a sexual/romantic relationship with in the past. If this were to happen, a counselor would speak to my supervisor, explain the situation and see where we could go. If there was not another option, a counselor would need to make sure to document everything so this way no issues could happen. The last example is entering a sexual/romantic relationship with a former client. According to the ACA Code of Ethics “Sexual and/or romantic counselor– client interactions or relationships with former clients, their romantic partners, or their family members are prohibited for a period of 5 years following the last professional contact”. (A.5.c.) This is a complex situation that could cause harm to me or the client. The ACA had put strict guidelines in place for this type of situation such as the 5-year waiting period, there
COUNSELOR ETHICAL BOUNDARIES AND PRACTICES4needs to be documentation if the relationship can be found exploitive or possibly cause any harmto the client. Professional Collaboration in Counseling: Working with a Multidisciplinary TeamMultidisciplinary teams, have many benefits for both client and the mental health professionals on the team, such as quality of care, the ability to take a comprehensive, different views of the client’s needs, different skills, support for each other and education. This would be great to be able to work in a team such as this, there are going to be people from all sides with different knowledge and experience which we can all come together, and bounce ideas off each other. Being part of this team there would be a quite a few different people who would be part of it such as counselors, social workers, nurses, probation officers, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, housing, employment and educational professionals, community