What does the APA say about sexual intimacy with a client? What about having a relationship with a former client? What should one do if they become aware of any level of sexual feelings towards their client? Thank you for any help that you can offer to me?
(1) What does the APA say about sexual intimacy with a client?
The American Psychological Association (APA) sets forth four enforceable standards addressing ethical behavior relative to sexual intimacy. A large part of Standard 10 focuses on the sexual intimacies with clients in therapy and is paraphrased here:
10.5—Sexual Intimacies with Current Therapy/clients/Patients.
Psychologists do not engage in sexual intimacies with current therapy clients/patients, or with relatives or significant others of current Therapy clients/Patients.
10.6--Sexual Intimacies with Relatives or significant Other of Current Therapy clients/Patients.
Psychologists do not engage in sexual intimacies with individuals they know to be close relatives, guardians, or significant others of current clients/patients; Psychologists do not terminate therapy to circumvent this standard.
10.07 Therapy With former sexual Partners Psychologists do not accept as therapy clients/patients persons with whom they have engaged in sexual intimacies (apa.org).
(2) What about having a relationship with a former client?
10.08-- Sexual intimacies with former Therapy /clients/Patients
(a) Psychologists do not engage in ...
This solution discusses ethical codes related to sexual intimacy with a client.