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Defining Ethics, Power and Responsibility
Defining Ethics, Power and Responsibility

This chapter will focus on core terminology and some fundamental questions relating to why boundaries are underpinned by ethics, as well as why we should be alert to any potential power imbalance. Using examples, we will reflect on any subsequent impact this might have on our therapeutic alliance. Raising awareness and identifying any evidence of imbalance will then help us determine the therapist’s power and responsibilities when working with boundaries. Our current practice is heavily influenced by the successful and less successful practices of counsellors over the years, so the historical context to the development of thinking in this area is relevant. In the past, talking therapies were less monitored, researched and accessible and practitioners ...

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