"Forbidden" Acts May Be Among the Most Powerful Methods at Our Disposal
By Ofer Zur - Currently, the field is so deluged with dire warnings of imminent professional ruin that many therapists practice under a cloud of fear. Should they accept a gift of home-baked cookies from a client at Christmas? Should they acknowledge a client in a grocery store or synagogue? The problem is that many of these "forbidden" acts may be among the most powerful therapeutic methods at our disposal.
Is Risk Management Threatening the Therapeutic Alliance?
Currently, the field is so deluged with dire warnings of imminent professional ruin that many therapists practice under a cloud of fear. At our professional meetings, in the legal columns that are now a regular feature of our journals, and at workshops and seminars, legal professionals, usually without any clinical training whatsoever, are giving their opinions about how we should practice, what we're allowed to do, and what we should never do---and scaring us to death in the process. As it turns out, this extreme self-watchfulness and rigid avoidance of anything resembling a "boundary violation" by a psychoanalytic or risk-management yardstick can do clients real harm.
When the Whole World is Watching
The revolution in communication technology has created a new set of ethical dilemmas, which are invading our sessions, whether we know it or not.
Don't Let "Risk Management" Undermine Your Professional Approach
The best form of risk management for your practice may be doing what you think is right.