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The Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists considers the compatibility of science and morality. Challenging readers to question the fundamental philosophical values of professional psychology, the editors and contributors inspire the ethical impulse and encourage active moral leadership. An essential reference for professional and academic psychologists and counselors, the Handbook of Professional Ethics for Psychologists is also an exceptional primary or supplementary reader for graduate students enrolled in courses on Ethics in Psychology and Ethics and Professional Concerns and for anyone considering the compatibility of science and morality.
Chapter 12: Ethics of Multiple and Overlapping Relationships
Ethics of Multiple and Overlapping Relationships
The charge of the psychotherapist is to build relationships with people who have difficulty building relationships with others—a daunting task, indeed. As psychologists work to build trusting and collaborative relationships with clients (a prerequisite if progress is to occur), their own complex emotions often pull them into roles they had not anticipated. Throughout a psychologist's work with a client, the potential exists for developing multiple relationships. Some of these relationships are consistent with the goals of therapy; but many of them could destroy the therapeutic alliance, perhaps leaving deep emotional scars for all parties involved. It would be naive for psychologists to ignore the potential for multiple relationships and dangerous ...