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The topics are as follows: initial client contact, transference and countertransference, dual relationships and boundaries, sexual misconduct, and duty to warn/protect. This section based on the rules and regulations of the state or jurisdiction is great to practice in and utilize AAMFT Code of Ethics and may use the ACA Code of Ethics and other sources to supplement as needed. The paper should include at least 4 citations and APA; Use the AAMFT Code of Ethics and applicable laws for our profession to support your points.


Case Assignment Prompt Course CA: Online Course Hours: 12:00 am - 12:00 am NA Break: NA. Jill is a newly licensed therapist and has just started her private practice and has had difficulty building up clientele resulting in struggle to pay the rent on her office space and her personal bills. Her friend Marsha from yoga class referred a client to her and told her one day in after yoga class, "Cindy is my childhood friend and she really needs help. Her last therapist ruined her. You have got to help her!" Jill gladly agreed. Jill got Cindy's phone number from Marsha and quickly sent her a text that day. It read, "Hi Cindy. This is Jill and I am a therapist. Marsha referred me to you. I will be happy to work with you. What's your availability?" Cindy quickly replied and came in the next day for a session. Jill was very happy to have a new client and went straight into the presenting issues right away. At the end of the session, when time was "up", Cindy was surprised and asked Jill, "Oh by the way, how much do I owe you?" In response, Cindy stated, "We will figure it out next time. Don't worry." Jill and Cindy continued meeting for sessions for another month. Cindy would come in 5-10 minutes late most times and Jill would just go over the 50-minute to make it up for her. Cindy was always so thankful and once stated, "You are the only person I can trust. Our friendship means so much to me." Jill also felt a great connection with Cindy and started thinking about Cindy outside of sessions and would look forward to working with her. Jill felt so close to Cindy that she would even share some of her own personal issues with Cindy. One day, Cindy sent Jill a text asking Jill if she wanted to have lunch. Jill immediately replied by text, "Sure, I'm on break and don't have another client for a few hours! Where should we meet?" From that lunch date on, they continued meeting outside of the office setting for lunch or coffee as well as meeting for their therapy sessions weekly. During one of their meetings, Cindy shared that she had sex with her last therapist. Crying, she shared, "It continued for 6 months then one day he left me and said that we can no longer work together. He ignored my calls, texts, messages, and emails. I still think about him everyday." Jill felt very sad for Cindy and tried to console her as much as she could. One day not long after, Cindy stormed into Cindy's office and shouted, "That's it, I can't take it anymore! Just like he ruined me, I'm going to ruin him!" Jill was confused not sure what Cindy meant and asked, "What do you mean Cindy? What happened?" Cindy replied, "John, I decided I'm going to kill him. I followed him home one day and saw him with his wife and kids. It broke me. If I can't have him, no one will!" Jill tried to calm Cindy down and even tried distracting her. "Hey, you wanna' go out to the mall? You will feel so much better after a little retail therapy!" Cindy continued, "No Jill stop it. I decided, and no one is going to stop me. He has a chronic case of asthma and he can't go anywhere without his inhaler. I'm breaking into his house today while he's in office and removing his inhalers. Let's see how much fun he will have with his family tonight while he is dying! "Jill was in shock. "What are you saying? Let's get some fresh air Cindy." Cindy stormed out of her office. Jill tried calling her, texting her, and left several messages but there was no response. Jill was very nervous at this point. She knew that Cindy can be drastic but never thought she can be this extreme. She decided to wait and see what happens believing Cindy would calm down since she vented in their session. She did not hear from Cindy for an entire 4 days. Jill gets the most horrific call on day 4. It's from the police and they want to talk to Jill about her relationship with Cindy. Cindy is in custody for the murder of John Mellows, a Psychologist.

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