Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Paperback)

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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 e-mail 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 a client's relative a conflict of interest?

Frederic G. Reamer offers a frank analysis of a range of boundary issues that human-service practitioners may confront. He confronts the ethics of intimate relationships with clients and former clients, the healthy parameters of practitioners' self-disclosure, the giving and receiving of gifts and favors, 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 health care, elder services, and prison, rural, and military settings, Reamer offers effective, practical risk-management models that prevent problems and help balance dual relationships.

Since the publication of the previous edition of Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services in 2012, digital technology has transformed how human-service professionals deliver services to clients. This third edition brings the book up to date, adding discussion of the ways in which practitioners' online communications and technology-based relationships with clients can violate ethical standards and providing practical advice for how to resolve boundary issues.

About the Author

Frederic G. Reamer is a professor at the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. His Columbia University Press books include Social Work Values and Ethics (fifth edition, 2018); On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice (2016); and Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action (2015), among others.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780231194037
ISBN-10: 023119403X
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: November 24th, 2020
Pages: 288
Language: English