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Maintaining professional boundaries is unmistakable when we discuss work with clients; however, we often neglect to apply boundaries when it extends beyond our clinical work into the area of our personal lives. Neglecting these boundaries can have a profound effect on our levels of stress and burnout.

Discuss the importance of maintaining professional and personal boundaries and refer to the ACA and AMHCA's ethics and standards or other references to support your discussion. Provide specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Please use professional literature to support your views and writings. Reference your sources using standard APA guidelines.

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(1) Discuss the importance of maintaining professional and personal boundaries and refer to the ACA and AMHCA's ethics and standards or other references to support your discussion. Provide specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

The importance of maintaining boundaries with client lies in the American Psychological Association (APA, 20002) principles that are focused based on the overall objective in the therapist-client relation-- to avoid harm. For example, based on Principle A, psychologists are encouraged to avoid personal problems that could lead to exploitation and harm to individuals to whom they work with. In addition, psychologists should avoid conflicts of interest that could jeopardize trust, or lead to exploitation or harm (Principle 2).

Finally, they are to avoid deception in professional relationships that could potentially have negative consequences. The exploitative nature of this boundary crossing, and boundary violations could compromise the therapeutic relationship. The guidelines set forth by the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMCHA, 2005), and The American Counseling Association (ACA, 2004) are similar and are presenting in the following paraphrased summaries:

(a) The American Mental Health Counseling (2010)

The AMCHA represents mental health ...

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This solution discusses boundaries for the therapist/client relationship under the guidelines of the American Mental Health Counseling Assoc. (AMCHA) and the American Counseling Assoc, (ACA).

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