Dual Relationships and Boundaries

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Dual Relationships and Boundaries
University of Phoenix
Professor Rawls
September 2012
The purpose of this paper is to examine dual relationships and boundaries. Scenarios are presented in class, these scenarios deal with different types of dual relationships. The objective for this assignment was selecting one for examination. After a scenario is selected the concept of the dual relationship is evaluated. In this evaluation the concept of dual relationships will be defined. The scenario will be analyzed, and the ethical issues will be presented.

Dual Relationships and Boundaries
The intent of this paper is to analyze dual relationships and boundaries. The scenario choice for this paper covers a situation where in which a psychologist has a client who can no longer pay for her therapy sessions. I will take over the scenario and input myself as the psychologist to come up with an ethical solution to the problem presented.

The issue in this scenario is the client cannot afford sessions and I am struggling to deal with paperwork imposed by manage care and my billing. I suggested that the client work for me two days per week instead of paying for her sessions. I have to evaluate my solution, determine the ethical issues, and explain the challenges presented by boundary issues in the field of psychology. Concept of Dual Relationships

According to (Zur, 2011) the concept of dual relationships reflects on any situation in which multiple roles exist between a therapist and a client. Dual relationships occur when the client is also a student, friend, family member, employee, or business associate of the therapist. Dual relationships seriously risk distorting or eroding the therapeutic relationship. Dual relationships can be damaging to both the therapist and the client, tending to be much more detrimental to the client. Multiple relationships that would not reasonably be...
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