At the same time, however, additional burdens are placed on therapists because the rules are no longer firm.
Decision-making can be trickier and more challenging, because one is at the mercy of one’s own judgment and potentially unacknowledged biases.
What the therapist may deem as an acceptable, even helpful, boundary crossing may be experienced as inappropriate or harmful by the client, as will be discussed further.
Our main goal for this course is to make a strong case for vigilance and ongoing self-awareness when making decisions about boundary crossing with clients.
The materials in this course are based on current published ethical standards and the most accurate information available to the authors at the time of writing.
In fact, the mother might more appropriately focus on other actions (e.g., locating a lawyer).
Yet at other times, offering extra time would be prudent, such as in a true emergency situation.
Many ethical challenges arise on the basis of highly variable and unpredictable contextual factors.
This course material will equip clinicians with a basic understanding of core ethical principles and standards related to the topics discussed and ethical decision-making generally, but cannot cover every possible circumstance.
The client who was asked for a favor turned into a bit of a fiasco.