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Boundaries in Counseling

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A client you are seeing has a house on St. Thomas. One day during a particular difficult session, the client suggests that you might enjoy a trip to St. Thomas and a stay at his villa on the ocean. You tell him that you really do not have any time for a trip but thank him for his offer. The next week, the client states that he will not take "no" for an answer and tells you that on your next vacation, you must let him know so that he can make certain that the villa is available.

-Define the concept of dual relationships.

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This solution examines a case study focused on boundaries in counseling betwee practitioner and client. The APA Code of Ethics for dual relationships is cited.

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This vignette is one in which the psychologist may enter into another relationship in the future [Standard 3.05 (3) with the client in addition to the therapist-patient relationship. The standard for multiple relationships outlined in the American Psychological Association's (APA, 2002) Ethical Code of Conduct establishes boundaries for the therapist who is in a professional relationship with a client.

A multiple relationship occurs when (1) a psychologist is in a professional role with a person, and at the same time is in another role with the person, (2)at the same time is in a relationship with a person closely associated with one related to the person with whom they have the professional relationship, or, (3) promises to enter into another relationship in the future with the person or a person closely associated with ...

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