Navigating the Ethics of Dual Relationships for Clinicians

Navigating the Ethics of Dual Relationships for Clinicians 

As a behavioral health provider, you may find yourself in situations where you or the people you work with may blur the therapeutic boundary by engaging in some form of a dual relationship. In some cases, this “crossing of the boundary” may strengthen the therapeutic relationship and enhance treatment effectiveness. However, some forms of dual relationships pose serious risks, as they can harm those individuals you aim to help. For this reason, it is crucial that clinicians are aware of the potential risks and develop strategies to mitigate those risks. This course focuses on exploring the concept of dual relationships, a form of boundary crossing. You will learn about the ethical role of the professional, the difference between helpful and harmful dual relationships, and how to avoid or manage potentially problematic situations. As you master these skills, you will become more effective in maintaining an appropriate relationship between you and the individuals you serve. This course, which includes clinical case examples and interactive exercises to reinforce your learning, is appropriate as a review for intermediate and advanced level behavioral health providers, including psychologists, counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses, and professionals treating substance use disorders.

$19.95

Hours: 2.00
REL-HHS-0-NEDRC

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Course Details

Course Code: REL-HHS-0-NEDRC
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Define boundary crossing, boundary violation, and dual relationship.
State how factors such as choice, timing, intensity, and helpfulness impact dual relationships.
Describe how to evaluate whether or not a dual relationship is inappropriate.
Explain how to avoid, and, if necessary, effectively manage common boundary crossings.

Outline:
Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Understanding Professional Boundaries

Meet Kirsten

Test Yourself

What is a Professional Boundary?

Social and Professional Relationships

Boundary Crossings

Boundary Violations

Flexible Boundaries and Conflicts of Interest

Let’s Review: Pascha’s Decision

Summary

Section 3: Dual Relationships

Defining Dual Relationships

Contexts of Dual Relationships

Social Media and Dual Relationships

Differentiating Dual Relationships

Dual Relationships: Environment

Dual Relationships: Timing

Dual Relationships: Intensity

Helpful vs. Harmful Dual Relationships

Let’s Practice: The Larsen Family

Summary

Section 4: Professional Codes of Ethics

Professional Codes of Ethics Across Behavioral Health

Summary

Section 5: Ethical Issues and Considerations

Meet June

Rethinking the “Slippery Slope”

Risks Associated with Dual Relationships

Potential Consequences for Professionals

Sexual Dual Relationships

Sexual Attraction Toward Clients

Sexual Exploitation

Situations that Don’t Constitute Harmful Dual Relationships

The Don’ts of Dual Relationships

Assessing the Appropriateness of Non-Sexual Dual Relationships

Additional Questions to Ask Yourself

Consider Relevant Risk Factors

Let’s Review

Summary

Section 6: Managing Dual Relationships

Preparations for Dual Relationships

Setting the Tone

Importance of Self-Care

Tips for Managing Dual Relationships

Considerations for Common Boundary Situations

Boundaries with Unavoidable Encounters

Boundaries, Culture, and Physical Contact

Boundaries with Self-Disclosure

More on Self-Disclosure

Boundaries with Scheduling and Location of Services

Boundaries with Social Media

Documenting Your Decisions

Let’s Practice!

Summary

Section 7: Conclusion

Summary

Course Contributors

Resources

References

Congratulations!

Instructor: Kevin Fawcett, Ph.D.
Dr. Kevin Fawcett is a clinical psychologist in San Diego, CA. Dr. Fawcett runs a private practice where he provides therapeutic services for individual adolescents and adults, couples, as well as families. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), teaching courses on the psychology of personal development. He received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego (2009). His clinical training involved work at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Children’s Hospital San Diego and the Clinical Services program at Catholic Charities, San Diego. He later completed his post-doctoral training working with college students in the Wellness Center at PLNU. Disclosure: Kevin Fawcett, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Wendy C. Krull, LCSW
Ms. Krull has over 16 years of social work practice experience. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University (2001) and received clinical training at Henrico Mental Health and Developmental Services and Resource Guidance Services in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Krull was the Client Services Director at a domestic violence agency, providing clinical services and supervising all direct care staff. She later managed part of the Pregnancy and Adoption Services department within Catholic Charities, San Diego. Ms. Krull also has experience in clinical documentation review and audits. She currently is a technical writer/ editor at Relias Learning. Disclosure: Wendy C. Krull, LCSW has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Monique Kahn, Psy.D.
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: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; entry and intermediate level Marriage and Family Therapists; entry and intermediate level Professional Counselors; entry and intermediate level Psychologists; entry, intermediate, and advanced level Nurses; intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Health and Human Services.
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