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Dual and Multiple Relationships

With regard to marital, couple, and family counseling, the term multiple relationship is often used interchangeably with the term dual relationship or even nonprofessional relationship. Regardless of the terminology used, when referring to clinical practice, the term is used to describe any relationship or relationships between the therapist and client in addition to or separate from the therapeutic relationship. The term can also be used in regard to relationships in additional supervisor or supervisee relationships. These relationships can either be simultaneous or sequential, meaning that the additional relationships could occur at the same time as the primary professional relationship or the additional relationship could occur either before or after the primary professional relationship. Such additional relationships can be of varying degrees and natures, including but ...

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