Professional Boundaries In Social Work

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Professional boundaries are very important at my agency. At SOAR we regularly meet with clients, health professionals, and other social workers. We are working with people who struggle with homelessness, mental illnesses, medical impairments, and/or substance use disorders, so it is important to build rapport, and act in a trustworthy and responsible manner. We have to meet with clients at their residences, and whether the residence is a house, a public facility, or a condemned building, we are entering their personal abodes and we must remain professional. It would not be professional for me to sit down, watch television and eat dinner with a client. Filling out disability applications prompts us to ask questions that require very personal
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