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Deliberate Dual Relationships

When Are They Ethically Acceptable?
June 10, 2017
9:00 am - noon

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We will talk briefly about legally-imposed (“involuntary”) dual relationships, but our primary focus will be on the voluntary non-sexual dual relationships that we enter deliberately. Not all dual relationships are unethical, but if we create them, we do need to be prepared to recognize their ethical implications.

  I.  Ethical Standards About Dual Relationships

 II.  Licensing Board Regulations About Dual Relationships

III. “Involuntary” Dual Relationships Requiring Ethical Responses 

Legally-Imposed Dual Roles

Reporter (statutes: abuse/neglect; provider misconduct, etc.)
Protector (“duty to warn/protect” statute)
Provider of Evidence (Exceptions to Privilege Statute)

Group/Agency/Employer-Required Dual Roles

Ongoing Clinical Roles
Ongoing Non-Clinical Roles
Crisis/Emergency Roles

 IV. Voluntary Dual Relationships Requiring Ethical Decision Making

Deciding When To Say “Yes

Wearing Dual/Multiple Clinical Hats With Same Client(s)?
Adding Non-Clinical Role to Existing Clinical Role?
Adding Clinical Role to Existing Non-Clinical Role?

Deciding When To Say “No”

Evaluating the Potential for Exploitation
Evaluating the Potential for Conflict of Interest
Evaluating the Potential for Harm
Anticipating the Potential for Client’s “Perception of Harm”

V.  “Chance Encounters”

Dealing With Feelings
Deciding About Behaviors

VI. Avoiding Unnecessary Dual Relationships

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This workshop offers three (3) Continuing Education (CE) credits in Ethics/Laws.
CE Certificates will be awarded at the completion of workshop attendance.
You may contact your state licensing board to confirm approval for license renewal.

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