Definition Of Human Service Professionals

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For human service professionals, conflicts of interest have become some of the most problematic and challenging issues that they face. A conflict of interest occurs when a human service professional’s relationship or services with a client is compromised because of actions or decisions related to another client, a colleague, the client themselves, or a third party. When it comes to conflicts of interest it is important to remember that boundaries in therapy have been put in place for a very important reason. Human service professionals “should not take unfair advantage of any professional relationship or exploit others to further their personal, religious, political, or business interests” (National Association of Social Worker, 1996). Not all boundaries in therapy are problematic or unethical, however many are. Boundary crossing, boundary violations, and dual and multiple relationships are some of the most common conflicts of interest that occur in the human service profession. Boundaries are crucial when it comes to client-human service professional interaction. Boundaries are the invisible lines that define the relationship between a client and a human service professional. Most human service professionals agree on a basic set of boundaries. These basic boundaries include, but are not limited to: the time of an appointment should not change frequently, sessions should take place in an office setting, fees should remain constant, and workers should not engage in
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