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Tangled Relationships Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services

ISBN-10: 0231121172
ISBN-13: 9780231121170
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Should a therapist counsel a former lover or accept a client's gift? If so, has a boundary been crossed? Some boundary issues, like beginning a sexual relationship with a client, are obvious pitfalls to avoid, but what about more subtle issues, like hugging a client or disclosing personal information to a client? What are the boundaries of maintaining a friendship with a former client or the relative of a client? When do conflicts of interest overburden the client-practitioner relationship? Frederic Reamer, a leading authority on professional ethics, offers a definitive and up-to-date analysis of boundary issues, a rapidly emerging topic in the field of human services. One of the only works in the field to provide a conceptual framework for the dual relationship between practitioner and client, this book provides an in-depth look at the complex forms these relationships take. It also gives practical risk-management models to aid human service professionals in the prevention of problematic situations and the managing of dual relationships. Reamer examines the ethics involving intimate and sexual relationships with clients and former clients, practitioners' self-disclosure, giving and receiving favors and gifts, bartering for services, and unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances such as social encounters and geographical proximity. Case vignettes that help illustrate important points are also included in each chapter.

Frederic G. Reamer is a professor of social work at Rhode Island College. He has had years of experience working in the criminal justice system and is the author and editor of several books on crime and social work, including Criminal Lessons: Case Studies and Commentary on Crime and Justiceand Tangled Relationships: Managing Boundary Issues in the Human Services.

Preface
Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships: Key Concepts
Boundary Issues in the Human Services
A Typology of Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships
Managing Dual Relationships
Sound Decision Making
The Role of Practitioner Impairment
Intimate Relationships
Sexual Relationships with Clients
Sexual Relationships with Former Clients
Counseling Former Sexual Partners
Sexual Relationships with Clients' Relatives or Acquaintances
Sexual Relationships with Supervisees, Trainees, Students, and Colleagues
Physical Contact
Emotional and Dependency Needs
Friendships with Clients
Unconventional Interventions
Self-disclosure
Affectionate Communications
Community-based Contact with Clients
Personal Benefit
Barter for Services
Business and Financial Relationships
Advice and Services
Favors and Gifts
Conflicts of Interest
Altruism
Giving Gifts to Clients
Meeting Clients in Social or Community Settings
Offering Clients Favors
Accommodating Clients
Self-disclosing to Clients
Unavoidable and Unanticipated Circumstances
Geographic Proximity
Conflicts of Interest
Professional Encounters
Social Encounters
Epilogue
References
Index

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