Dating former clients and ethics
This includes counseling, as well as personal, fraternal, business, financial, or sexual and romantic relationships.Not all dual relationships are necessarily unethical—it is client exploitation that is wrong, not the dual relationship in and of itself.Dual relationships may be allowable, requiring justification by the foregoing rule, if the client is an arms-length acquaintance and/or the relationship is not a close one.1-140-c: Counseling with Family, Friends, and Acquaintances: Christian counselors do not provide counseling to family members or close friends, as dual relationships with other family members, acquaintances, and fraternal, club, association, or group members, are potentially troublesome and best avoided, otherwise requiring justification.Unless justified by compelling necessity, customer relationships with clients are normally avoided.1-140-e: Receiving Gifts: Christian counselors recognize that sometimes and for certain cultures, a gift, when it is given, is a token of respect and a way of showing gratitude to a counselor.
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE)4. American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)6. Australian Ethics Codes for Psychologists, Social Workers9. National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)14. Most codes during the mid-twentieth century and ensuing decades (i.e., APA, 1953) concentrated on the general points of promoting client welfare and discouraging abuse of power by therapists.To circumvent the possibility of contributing to the confusion surrounding the codes of ethics, the next section is composed of exact-direct quotes about dual relationships, lifted verbatim from the codes of ethics of the major professional associations.Because sexual dual relationships with current clients have always been unethical in the codes of ethics of all psychotherapists’ professional associations, the passages that follow contain primarily those principles that directly relate to non-sexual dual relationships.A few years into the 21st century we have seen even more profound changes.Many professional associations, such as APA, ACA and ASPPB published codes of ethics that present a non-rigid, flexible and context based approach towards boundaries.