Managing Boundaries. Complete survey on page 283 Divide into Groups - Discuss the following: If a client could no longer afford to pay you for services, would you be willing to enter into a bartering agreement? What other alternatives would you utilize?
Complete survey on page 283
Divide into Groups - Discuss the following:
Dual Relationship - Helper assumes two or more roles simultaneously or sequentially with client.
Sexual dual relationships with a current client is unethical!!
Most professions extend the prohibition of sexual relationships with former clients to 2 - 5 years beyond termination of sessions.
Nonprofessional relationships with clients is generally discouraged - HOWEVER, it is sometimes unavoidable.
3 Criteria for Nonprofessional Relationships:
1. Will you exploit your client?
2. Will you lose you objectivity?
3. Will is harm the professional relationship?
Sometimes boundary crossing is necessary - even theraputic.
Guidelines for setting boundaries:
State your policy on social or business relationships in your informed consent document.
Consult a colleague when considering a multiple relationship.
Document any discussions about dual relationships with a client.
Socializing with former clients
Not unethical, but may be unwise.
Not prohibited by ethics or law.
Helper must demonstrate:
It is in best interests of the client.
It is reasonable and equitable.
Does not prevent you from providing quality service.
Small groups - discuss bartering case study on page 294.
Accepting gifts from clients
Could create some ethical issues.
Accepting expensive gifts is unethical.
Accepting any gift without lengthy discussion is unwise. Ask yourself:
What is the client’s motivation?
What are the clinical implications?
At what phase of the helping process is the gift being offered?
What are your own motivations for accepting or rejecting a gift?
Are there cultural implications?
Small group discussion on page 296
Dealing with sexual attractions to clients
Most helpers will experience sexual attraction to a client.
Important to recognize it and deal with it!!
Seek out a supervisor or colleague to discuss issue.
Accept responsibility and attend to your own therapeutic needs before your sexual feelings interfere.
Maintain appropriate boundaries.
Refer if needed.
Discuss case studies on page 298.
Sexual misconduct with a current client is a major cause of malpractice actions.
Consequences could be:
Professional association expulsion
If Helper has had a previous sexual relationship with potential client, it is unethical to accept them.