Essay about Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices

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Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships Dual relationships and the ethical behavior that revolves around boundaries with clients present a multitude of very complicated situations to counselors where a clearly defined course of action is not always evident. Aside from no accord amongst mental health professionals and boundary issues being unavoidable at times, recognition and prediction of potential benefits or pitfalls correlated with dual relationships can prove to be troublesome as well (Remley & Herlihy, 2010). For most cases, it is best if an outline is used to discern when it is appropriate for a counselor to breach the client-counselor boundary. Apart from the
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For example, a counselor that had been working with a man and woman on their marriage for quite some time has been invited to attend a ceremony where the couple intends to renew their vows. It would seem at first glance this would be beneficial to the couple, but when analyzing deeper, the counselor finds that there are several people invited to the ceremony that played a big part in the troubles surrounding the couple’s marriage. It’s best the counselor respectfully decline since those people are aware of the counselor’s role and suggestions pertaining to the couple’s relationship with those individuals. In the same situation, if there weren’t any people outside the couple that were influential in the counseling process attending the vow renewals, the situation would seem harmless enough to move forward and attend. Suppose a counselor was working with a person whose child was on the same soccer team as the counselor’s child. From time to time, the counselor would occasionally see their client on the sidelines during games and practices. During one session, the client suggests that perhaps they carpool for practices or attend these games together. Several things need to be considered: Is or has the counseling included the client’s child in the therapy? Has the therapy included discussion about the client’s spouse or ex-spouse that may also attend one of these games or be the adult in a carpool situation? Does the
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