Abusive[ edit ] Abusive relationships involve either maltreatment or violence from one individual to another and include physical abuse, physical neglect, sexual abuse, and emotional maltreatment. Like living organisms, relationships have a beginning, a lifespan, and an end. They tend to grow and improve gradually, as people get to know each other and become closer emotionally, or they gradually deteriorate as people drift apart, move on with their lives and form new relationships with others.
Often, no one could have seen it coming. Boundary issues can arise in ways that therapists may not initially predict or even recognize. But, in too many cases therapists behaved in ways that seem completely out of touch with the impact their decisions and actions had on those with whom they had a professional relationship.
Legal suits and the cost of defending licensing board complaints cause professional liability insurance rates to rise, thus harming all therapists. Sadly, the stigma and the stress endured by the therapist if found guilty can be debilitating Warren and Douglas, Among the most significant changes in the ethics codes of professional organizations are those related to the drawing of boundaries between therapists and their clients.
Over the last couple of decades we have witnessed a relaxation of rigid restrictions. The reasoning for this has included the recognition that boundary crossing cannot be totally avoided, some belonging under certain circumstances may even be helpful to the client or at least cause them no harmand sometimes boundary crossings are mandated Barnett, a.
On the surface, the loosening of restrictions also feels more protective of therapists, allowing for leeway as to how therapists and their clients interact. At the same time, however, additional burdens are placed on therapists because the rules are no longer firm.
What the therapist may deem as an acceptable, even helpful, boundary crossing may be experienced as inappropriate or harmful by the client, as will be discussed further.
Our main goal for this course is to make a strong case for vigilance and ongoing self-awareness when making decisions about boundary crossing with clients. The police came to your client's home this morning to arrest her year-old son for assault.
She is extremely distraught. And what if your next client is in the waiting room now? Should you ask if she would mind dropping you off on the way home?
A new client has rheumatoid arthritis and struggles to unbutton her heavy coat. Do you rush over to help her?
The small town in which you practice has suffered an economic decline. A client asks if he can pay you for psychotherapy services by doing your yard work, as he does landscaping on the side. Your yard requires extensive maintenance, so should you accept? Your client starts bringing fancy coffee and croissants to every session.
Is this an innocent pleasure? Case adapted from Pope and Keith-Spiegel, You realize that you have disclosed a great deal about your personal life over several sessions.
Should you pull back? You want to sell your car, and have a sign on it out in the parking lot and another on your bulletin board in your therapy office waiting area. Your client decides to purchase it from you. You assure the client that it is in excellent condition and a good buy.
Should you go through with a deal? The client you have treated for depression over the last six months tells you that she plans to visit her sibling who lives across the country in a few weeks.
With the exception of boundary violations that clearly violate any standard of care, ethics codes cannot possibly give specific guidance when it comes to mandating appropriate ways to socially interact with counseling and psychotherapy clients across all possible situations.
Many boundary crossings can involve no ethical transgressions and even prove beneficial to the client. However, as we will illustrate, remaining vigilant regarding our own needs and vulnerabilities as well as those of our clients is fundamental to ethical practice.
As for our examples, not everything turned out well in the actual cases upon which they are based. The distraught mother scenario illustrates a double boundary crossing.
To offer the client extra time seems a kind gesture but runs counter to the therapeutic agreement. In the future, this actual client felt entitled to extra time and resented not getting it. In the meantime, clients-in-waiting have an agreed upon appointment obligation altered.
One can feel sympathy for the distraught mother, but the matter does not qualify as an emergency. In fact, the mother might more appropriately focus on other actions e.
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