Boundaries In Counseling

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Boundaries and Boundary Crossing
Boundaries in the physical sense are seen to be unmovable objects that block our path and/or entrance into another area, but in counseling they are the opposite. Counseling boundaries are movable and should change with each patient and relationship because every person and situation is unique and calls for different kinds of relationships. The Key is to follow the guidelines layout by your state and given counseling association you use as to what the boundary and counseling relationship should entail. The vignette entitled Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Professionals from Sommers, Feldman, and Knowlton uses several short videos to discuss several boundaries issues using a licensed counselor
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There is a five-year minimum before starting a relationship with a past client and has to prove that the past client is not exploitative. The five-year time expand is used as a way to make sure the feelings are not created through transferences and that they are real. It also stated that relationships outside of the counseling relationship can lead to misinterpretations of what is occurring and conflict of interest (18VAC115-20-130). The burden of proof is put on the counselor that the counseling relationship was not affected. Hence, they suggested that dual relationships be avoided if possible. When they are not, for example, when bartering is necessary, then the counselor is to keep detailed records as the proof and ensure the client is not exploited. Therefore, the Virginia Code dealing with dual relationships is clear and detailed what the policy is and why it should be avoided when possible …show more content…
They used the same characters and openly connected the sessions together. I enjoyed that because the issues of boundaries and dual relationships are interconnected and are easier to understand when the connection is admitted. The characters helped make the video interesting and lead to a deeper understanding (2008). The narrator discusses the states’ laws that were consistent with the message the vignettes gave, helped to find consistency between different states and agencies. The hard part of counseling, especially when the counselor is having to move, is keeping up with laws in different states; this video and narration aided me in understanding where they were similar and different (2008). The questions Carol, Nellie, and Joseph asked each other are questions I would ask my colleges, peers, supervisors, and teachers to further my understanding. A lot of the situations seem to be the ones that are straightforward and almost too simple that it becomes difficult, but counseling, in general, is far more complicated and situational than most assume (2008). When the questions were asked, my answer to them was changed by the end of the discussion. It is interesting how much I still have to learn and think through

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