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 5: Navigating Dual Relationships
Navigating Dual Relationships
The therapeutic relationship is a professional alliance intended to support clients that we don’t personally know and, usually, have never met before. There may be circumstances where we happen across our clients in another setting. This meeting, whether planned or not, will have an impact on our relationship. It can also add a layer of complexity to our therapeutic work. Because of this, there are times when dual relationships are best avoided as supporting ethical and therapeutic practice when in such a situation can become overly challenging. However, there are times when this situation might be unavoidable and we should consider how we might manage our boundaries if this were the case.
What are Dual Relationships?
There are many types of ...