The Role of Boundaries in counselling Essay

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Question 1:
Key issues:
• Breach of Ethics/Boundary Crossing: Michael would be crossing the boundaries if he were to see Julia in a social situation.
• Awkwardness: Michael will need to consider if further treatment would be compromised because awkwardness may stop Julia from sharing certain information.
• Treat with compassion and respect: Is Michael able to move forward and treat Jenny with compassion and respect?
• Supervision: Do any further consultations require supervision?
• Jenny’s reaction to Michael’s rejection: If the therapeutic relationship is uncomfortable, Michael should refer Jenny on to someone else, as this could impair judgement, treatment and diagnosis.
• Right to withdraw relationship: Is Michael aware of his right to
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Question 1:
Key issues:
• Breach of Ethics/Boundary Crossing: Michael would be crossing the boundaries if he were to see Julia in a social situation.
• Awkwardness: Michael will need to consider if further treatment would be compromised because awkwardness may stop Julia from sharing certain information.
• Treat with compassion and respect: Is Michael able to move forward and treat Jenny with compassion and respect?
• Supervision: Do any further consultations require supervision?
• Jenny’s reaction to Michael’s rejection: If the therapeutic relationship is uncomfortable, Michael should refer Jenny on to someone else, as this could impair judgement, treatment and diagnosis.
• Right to withdraw relationship: Is Michael aware of his right to withdraw the therapeutic relationship if his moral, personal or religious beliefs prevent treatment.

The article titled “The Role of Boundaries in counselling” (AIPTC 2010) reviews the movement of boundaries in a therapeutic relationship. The article argues whether it is beneficial to the relationship between a practitioner and a client to move boundaries. It identifies the need to keep boundaries and relationships on a professional level and to take into account any ramifications of any boundary movements whilst also distinguishing the line between actions of friend and of a practitioner. The example used shows a practitioner visiting a client in hospital as a figure of support, not a token of friendship, which was quickly addressed in