Is it ever appropriate for behavioral health professionals to maintain relationships with clients after services are terminated?
Should practitioners ever disclose personal information to clients or hire former clients? How should clinicians interact with clients online, respond to gifts and social invitations from clients, or handle unexpected encounters with clients in the local community? This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of boundary issues and dual relationships that arise in behavioral health.
Participants will learn how to identify and respond constructively to complex boundary issues, protect clients, prevent professional malpractice, and avoid liability. Key topics will include the nature of boundary issues, types of dual relationships, and risk-management strategies to protect clients and prevent lawsuits and licensing board complaints. Dr. Reamer, author of the book Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press), will focus especially on complex boundary issues that have emerged in the digital age.
Why you should Attend: Boundary and dual relationship issues are among the most significant ethical challenges faced by behavioral health professionals. Skillful management of these issues (1) protects clients from harm and (2) significantly reduces the likelihood of lawsuits and licensing board complaints filed against practitioners.
It is particularly important for practitioners to understand how to navigate ethically ambiguous boundary and dual relationship issues, especially involving practitioners' increased use of digital and online technology to communicate with clients and deliver services.
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