C-07 - Ethics, Please: Demystifying Boundaries and Dual Relationships (Part II of II)   Intermediate

  Mental Health

As mental health professionals we have all been faced with situations where it was unclear if a boundary has been crossed or an unethical dual relationship exists. In these situations’ we must rely on internal cues and personal characteristics to assist us in our decision making process. This interactive presentation is designed help professionals navigate ethical decisions regarding boundary violations, boundary crossings, and dual relationships. By reviewing various ethical codes and case studies, an understanding of the main arguments for and against dual relationships, judicious boundary crossings and non-sexual dual relationships can be gained.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to define boundary crossings, boundary violations, and dual relationships in professional practice.
2. Participants will understand the arguments for and against dual relationships.
3. Participants will clarify relevance of managing boundaries and avoiding dual relationships.
4. Participants will be able to evaluate the risk associated with clinical and ethical decisions with regard to bartering, boundary crossings, and dual relationships under different circumstances.