Setting Boundaries in Counseling Essay

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Introduction
Boundaries are extremely important in a counseling session. Setting boundaries and limits in therapy sessions represents an ethical decision that is set by each counselor, when entering a therapeutic relationship. In this presentation, I will discuss pertinent boundary issues that the staff has encountered, since working at this agency. Finally, I will describe how these boundaries are addressed and resolved at this site.
Significant Boundary Issues at this Practicum Site According to G. Corey, M. Corey, & Callanan, (2007) boundary crossings are a departure from regular accepted practices that could benefit the client. A boundary violation is a serious ethical breach that could potentially harm the client (Corey, et el.,
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This was a dilemma for the soldier, counselor as well as the command. Some counselors allow the soldier to be late for no more than 10 minutes, if the soldier or command called about being late for their appointment. In some cases, this is a boundary crossing that benefited the soldier/client, as long as every soldier is treated the same way. Fortunately, certain boundary issues were addressed during the enrollment process of the soldier to the program.
Boundary Issues Addressed and Resolved
These boundary issues were addressed in the enrollment process of the soldier in a Rehabilitation Treatment Meeting (RTM) in which family would be included with the soldier, along with his command and/or the soldier’s supervisor. The counselor would first staff the case with their supervisor. Walker & Clark (1999) report that the counselor should obtain close supervision to anticipate or head off any possible ethical violation by intervening, when they see signs of boundary problems that may appear.
The purpose of the RTM is for the counselor to present recommendations from the result of the assessment, and discuss the rules of ASAP. This includes expectations about showing up for scheduled appointments, cancelling appointments or being late for appointments. The counselor will talk about the ASAP in terms of Recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. The counselor must be aware that street drugs or abuse of prescription drugs are not