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Therapeutic Ethical Standards

Psychology professionals work with many different people and problems. The issues of confidentiality, release of information under HIPAA, therapy notes, and dual relationships become even more important in a clinic setting. One of the more important issues addressed in the Code is the issue of sexual intimacy during or after therapy. Using the case example below and the Ethics Code to address the questions that follow:

Case Study:

John is a new client coming in for therapy today. In meeting with John during your intake, you find out that he was seen for six months by another professional in the same community as your practice. As part of the intake process, you ask John if he was unhappy with the services that he received or why he decided to see a new psychologist.

John, who is very open, tells you that he was seeing a female therapist. During the course of therapy, they decided that they were both attracted to each other. John indicates that he knows he still has a few issues to work on because his therapist (now girlfriend) has told him so. John stated that he stopped therapy last week and would like to continue his work with you.

What ethical standards have been broken? Is this information worthy of reporting? Why or why not? How would you approach dealing with the conflicts you have identified? Be specific and list the steps you would you take in order to do so. Also, how might you handle this issue with regard to your therapeutic relationship with John?

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As a counseling professional, there are rules each counselor must follow. These rules protect the counselor and the client. First, I would read Section A of The Ethics Code: The Counseling Relationship of the ACA Code of Ethics and specifically the "Roles ...

Solution Summary

Solution contains the sections of the ACA Code of Ethics critical to address the relationship between Counselor and Client.