HSM 470 ​OPTION #2: Boundary Violations & Dual Relationships Pamphlet

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You are a human services program administrator employed at an outpatient clinic that provides counseling services to 300 active clients. Recently, one of the licensed professional counselors at your agency was terminated after several clients came forward with allegations of misconduct. One client alleged the counselor asked for a discount on auto parts at the client’s place of employment. Another client alleged the same counselor approached them about “going on a date.” A third client alleged the counselor asked for frequent hugs during therapy sessions.

Create a pamphlet that you will give to future clients at your agency to help them understand dual relationships and boundary violations. Describe information from this week’s textbook readings, ethical standards and other sources that will help clients understand what kinds of relationships constitute boundary violations and how they may report inappropriate conduct by clinic staff (offer a fictitious phone number in the pamphlet to report misconduct).


  • Write a 2-3 page pamphlet plus reference pages, which are required.
  • Be sure your answer names and discusses relevant established ethical codes. Discuss and cite readigs and scholarly sources to support the knowledge and recommendations in the pamphlet.
  • Your pamphlet must be properly cited and formatted APA guidelines. This is an individual paper; however, you should reflect on our Discussion Forums and incorporate ideas from there, as appropriate.

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School: University of Maryland

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Professional Ethics
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Professional Ethics

Dual relationships refer to situations whereby a counselor and a patient have other
interactions besides the professional one. Dual relationships may exists in form of marriage,
friendship, business or employment among others. For example, an individual may be a client at
the clinic and an auto service expert who the counselor goes to, to fix their car. Our institution
believes that understanding what dual relations and boundary violations entail is essential in
maintaining healthy patient-counselor relations, hence the need for this pamphlet.
NASW Code of Ethics 1.06 prohibits social workers from engaging with former clients
or clinets in dual relations which are at risk ...

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