The boundaries of the therapeutic relationship are a crucial part of effective therapy. But understanding them, and the effects of power and responsibility, can be intimidating to trainee or newly-qualified therapists. This book will take step by step through everything they need to know to work ethically and safeguard the wellbeing of both themselves and their clients. It tackles: • Contracting and the importance of negotiating and clarifying boundaries with clients • The implications and limits of maintaining confidentiality • Keeping clear sexual boundaries, and how to work around issues safely and appropriately • What happens when circumstances change, and everyday or serious disruptions occur to therapy • The nature of the therapist’s power, and how to employ it responsibly to a client’s benefit P acked with case studies, ethical dilemmas and points for reflection and discussion, this is an essential read for trainee practitioners and qualified therapists looking to ensure safe and ethical practice.
Chapter 2: 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 ...