Essay on Counselor Ethics and Practices

1935 Words Jun 30th, 2016 8 Pages
PCN-505 Counselor Ethical Boundaries and Practices Denise I Ratliff Professor RaTonya Bennett March 30, 2016

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Introduction
Ethics, boundaries and potential dual relationships are important for counselors to comprehend. Understanding the code of ethics and understanding the many facets of counselor /patient scenarios that can arise during a professional relationship. Dual relationships is a gray area in which there is a very paramount question that the counseling professional need to address and that is; whether a dual relationship is necessary. Simply put, impractical dual relationships can be charged with unnecessary jeopardy. Certain situations may arise in which a dual relationship could be hard
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The counselor having a friend in treatment may not expect the friend to pay a fee for listening and caring, which may be difficult for the counselor to avoid showing compassion. A relationship of this nature runs a chance of being onerous, compromised, or damaged. “ACA Code of Ethics continues to recognize the harm that can be impacted upon clients when they are sexually intimate with their counselor” (ACA, 2015). In addition to a social dual relationship, dual sexual relationships can arise - a counselor can become intrigued by the attention and secretly holds fondness towards the client. But being intrigued the counselor can open his/her vulnerability. The counselor can become a victim if he/she fail to ethically and properly respond or choose not respond to the sexual attraction.

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships
Part B-Ethical Issues and Dimensions * “Personal relationships can develop after five years following the termination of the counseling session” (ACA, 2015). Becoming friends whether socially of platonic the counseling/patient relationship will completely change. “Depending on the duration that has passed since termination; the nature, individual's personal history, psychological achievement and mental status are all factors. Relationships in context can cause harm due to autonomy, which can leave the client to be less competent to avoid entering into unhealthy, catastrophic or exploitative relationship” (APA, n.d.). Questions or

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