The Issue Of Client Relationships And Ethical Boundaries

2336 Words Oct 11th, 2016 10 Pages
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Unlike many other fields, in the human service field professionals use a lot of themselves in order to help those in need. Unfortunately, a lot of times this can lead to boundary issues, and the development of secondary relationships. These relationships can include nonsexual and legitimate interactions, many of which are unplanned and inadvertent, yet still have ethical ramifications. At times social workers’ ethical obligations conflict with their own personal morals or feelings. When these conflicts occur it iS the responsibility of the social worker to adhere by the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and resolve the conflict in a manner that is in agreement with the standards, values and principles listed in the code. This paper will explore the issue of client relationships and ethical boundaries for those working in social work. Ethical issues related to professional boundaries are common and complex. Some boundary issues arise because of social workers’ genuinely altruistic inclinations.
Boundary issues occur when social workers establish more than one relationship with their former or current clients. The relationship can be professional, social, or business. Boundaries are “the limits that allow for a safe connection based on the client’s needs”(Peterson, 1992, p. 74). In the mental health professions, dual…
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