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Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

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3 Responses to Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

  1. says:

    I liked the 3 phrases never to say with a client: “Let’s have sex.” “Just this once.” “Nobody will know.”

    It’s refreshing to think in terms of maximizing our positive ethics as opposed to just behaving in a way to avoid a lawsuit.

    Re the last question that was posed by Mitch Handelsman, I personally think I would go to a friend before calling an attorney.

  2. says:

    I found it interesting that I am not the only one who takes notes during sessions. Some of my clients also take notes, but I am going to consider encouraging clients to take notes, too. Thanks for that idea.

    I appreciate the emphasis on self-care in order to be an ethically attuned therapist.

  3. Ann Palik says:

    Thank you for a very helpful discussion. I appreciated that we primarily provide psychotherapy; we are not our clients’ advocates, attorneys, etc. We are not supposed to provide our clients with $175K, just with psychotherapy.

    Re: Dr. Handelsman’s last question, I think I’d call a friend, too, before calling an attorney. I guess that’s a separation in my acculturation……

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