Your ability to develop a supportive, trusting relationship with your client has a direct impact on their overall treatment and outcomes. Sometimes, the lines can become blurred between professional and other types of relationships with clients. This results in a dual relationship. A dual relationship is when more than one role exists between you and a client. Some dual relationships can be harmful. Therefore, it is important for you to know the different forms of dual relationships and what to consider before taking part in a dual relationship. The goal of this course is to provide paraprofessionals in health and human services settings with information on dual relationships. You will learn how to know if they are helpful or harmful, and the impacts to you as a paraprofessional.
This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Five Things to Know About Dual Relationships
What to Do?
Forms of Dual Relationships
Features of Dual Relationships
Boundary Crossing or Violation
Helpful Dual Relationships
Harmful Dual Relationships
Factors to Consider Before Entering into Dual Relationships
Other Important Issues to Consider
Impacts of Dual Relationships for Paraprofessionals
Section 3: Strategies to Protect Against and Resolve Harmful Dual Relationships
Reality of Dual Relationships
Strategies to Protect Against Harmful Dual Relationships
Strategies to Resolve Dual Relationships
Section 4: Conclusion
Monique Kahn, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at Spokane Mental Health in Washington, which included specialty rotations in behavioral medicine and time-limited psychotherapies. She is licensed as a psychologist in Maine, where she was in private practice for 14 years, providing services to adult clients with varied presenting issues, but with particular emphasis on the treatment of anxiety disorders, the relationship between psychosocial stress and illness, insomnia, and coping with chronic illness. She has taught in the undergraduate psychology program at Husson University in Maine. In addition, she has worked as a content writer and psychology subject matter expert for several major educational publishing firms. She joined Relias as a clinical content writer and subject matter expert in 2016. Disclosure: Monique Kahn, Psy.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky. Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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