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    Could you give a brief description of three boundary issues that would be the most challenging for you to "honor" and why (please include potential harm and benefits), and give relevant ethical codes (ACA or AMHCA). Then, would you address these same issues in a supervisory relationship? Three boundary issues discussed as challenging are: (a) time, (b)gifts and services, and(c) language.

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    Give a brief description of three boundary issues that would be the most challenging for a mental health counselor to "honor" and explain why, including potential harm and benefits. Be sure to cite the relevant ethical codes. Then, evaluate how a counselor would address these same issues in a supervisory relationship.
    (1) 1.02-Conflicts Between Ethics and Law, Regulations, or other Governing Legal Authority
    Standard 1.02 may create a problem for psychologists in making decisions that require choosing between following ethical guidelines and complying with mandated laws. The tension occurs when a client and/or the psychologist do not wish to divulge sensitive information (e.g., contagious or sexually-transmitted diseases), or an intimate relationship. Although psychologists are required to abide by state and federal laws, under Standard 4.05, the request to release confidential information may be declined if the psychologist feels that releasing the information will bring potential harm to the client.
    Psychologists can seek to resolve conflicts between legal and ethical codes. In this case, the supervisor has several options that include: (1) obtain written consent from the client, or (2) inform the court of the sensitivity of the material in efforts to resolve the ...

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    This discussion if focused on boundaries in psychological counseling. The American Psychological Association provides guidelines (Code of Ethics, APA, 2002) that make it clear that boundaries in counseling must be communicated. The topic discusses APA guidelines consequences for clinicians whenguidlines are not followed, and there is a violation of boundaries in counseling.