Lying On The Couch Book Report

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Lying on the Couch Book Report

In this report, I will be summarizing the book, Lying on the Couch by Irvin D. Yalom. I will also be giving my personal opinions on this book and its ethical implications. In addition, I will be giving examples from National Association of Social Workers code of ethics, National Association for Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors, and National Human Services ethics and how they were violated in this story by the characters. I will also touch on the importance of self-care and creating clear boundaries in the helping profession.

Lying on the Couch tells us the stories of Ernest Lash, his supervisor Marshal Streider and their clients. Both Ernest and Marshal are psychoanalysts and they both have their own issues to deal with and ethical dilemmas that they run into. Marshall is envious of the wealthy, and Ernest is very eager to please and willing to do whatever he can to get to the top of the mountain. Another prominent character is Carolyn, who is a client; she is very interested in Ernest and he is interested in her even though this is not ethical for a counselor and client relationship.

In my personal opinion, this book was very hard to read and follow. At certain times I had a hard time figuring out who was talking in the book. I really wanted to enjoy this book and it’s “case studies” but I simply could not get past the confusion and enjoy this like I would any other book. I feel like the author wrote a lot of the situations for shock
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