Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services by Frederic ReamerBoundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services by Frederic Reamer

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services

byFrederic Reamer

Paperback | August 28, 2012

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Should a therapist disclose personal information to a client, accept a client's gift, or provide a former client with a job? Is it appropriate to exchange email or text messages with clients or correspond with them on social networking websites? Some acts, such as initiating a sexual relationship with a client, are clearly prohibited, yet what about more subtle interactions, such as hugging or accepting invitations to a social event? Is maintaining a friendship with a former client or client's relative a conflict of interest that ultimately subverts the client-practitioner relationship?

Frederic G. Reamer, a certified authority on professional ethics, offers a frank analysis of a range of boundary issues and their complex formulations. He confronts the ethics of intimate and sexual relationships with clients and former clients, the healthy parameters of practitioners' self-disclosure, electronic relationships with clients, the giving and receiving of gifts and favors, the bartering of services, and the unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances of social encounters and geographical proximity. With case studies addressing challenges in the mental health field, school contexts, child welfare, addiction programs, home-healthcare, elder services, and prison, rural, and military settings, Reamer offers effective, practical risk-management models that prevent problems and help balance dual relationships.

Frederic G. Reamer is professor at the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. His many books include Teens in Crisis: How the Industry Serving Struggling Teens Helps and Hurts Our Kids; Social Work Values and Ethics; Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justice; and Social Work Malpractice and Liability: St...
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Title:Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human ServicesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pagesPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231157010

ISBN - 13:9780231157018

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Boundaries and Dual Relationships: Key Concepts2. Intimate Relationships3. Emotional and Dependency Needs4. Personal Benefit5. Altruism6. Unavoidable and Unanticipated Circumstances7. Risk Management: Guidelines and StrategiesAppendix: Excerpts from Codes of EthicsReferencesIndex

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Preface1. Boundaries and Dual Relationships: Key Concepts2. Intimate Relationships3. Emotional and Dependency Needs4. Personal Benefit5. Altruism6. Unavoidable and Unanticipated Circumstances7. Risk Management: Guidelines and StrategiesAppendix: Excerpts from Codes of EthicsReferencesIndex This book offers a balanced perspective to clarify underlying principles and to assist professionals in protecting themselves and their clients.... The author provides principles and case illustrations covering a wide range of circumstances that all involve maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients and former clients. The detailed and realistic case studies are based on real situations, drawn from the author's extensive experience as an expert witness, from public court cases, and from accounts of ethical complaints that have been heard by professional boards. The book goes beyond an explanation of rules and codes to present a conceptual framework and a process for ethical decision making that can translate to varied situations, including risk management strategies for the protection of clients and practitioners.