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Having a "dual relationship" within clinical psychology is not acceptable. Why is this? Do you ever think there is an instance where a dual relationship would be acceptable?

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The expert determines why having a dual relationship within clinical psychology is not acceptable.

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Dual relationships should never exist when treating a client for a number of reasons. First and foremost, this is because it could be very harmful/dangerous to the patient who has put a lot of trust into a very meaningful relationship of support. That is, if the clients trust is broken by the professionals suggestion of any kind toward having a dual relationship with them, a depressed client, for example, may be so hurt that they go home and commit suicide because of this. ...

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