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Potential benefits of dual relationships

When are dual relationships not harmful?

The general rule is to avoid dual relationships. Those that are permitted are usually when it is un-avoidable (such as in a small town) and clearly not harmfull. However, it is more rare to come up with a situation when a dual relationship would be actually desirable and beneficial.

It may not possible to always avoid dual relationships with clients. Assuming our goal and professional responsibility to never harm a client, my question is:

Can you think of any situations when a dual relationship might not be harmful? Could it ever be helpful (please give a specific example)?

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Dual relationships are not necessarily hamrful if the therapist and the client behave in ways where neither crosses boudaries and the relationship is not exploitive. Dual relationships may also provide comfort to patients because if therapist is someone they already know they would probably be more willing to open up to him/her because they feel they can trust that therapist. The therapist is also more ...

Solution Summary

The following solution discusses situations dual relationships in therapy can be beneficial and not necessarily harmful.