Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy

By Arnold A. Lazarus; Ofer Zur | Go to book overview

PART 2
The Ethics of Dual
Relationships

Part 2 focuses on the general ethics of dual relationships, including concerns with the Codes of Ethics, standards of care, boundaries, and the primary responsibility of therapists to their clients. Chapter 5 presents Zur’s cogent examination of the exact content of 14 professional organizations’ codes of ethics in regard to dual relationships and describes the intent behind the codes that guide the sanctity of the client-therapist relationship in psychotherapy. He clarifies the mistaken construal that many practitioners have placed on the ethical realities of dual or multiple relations with selected clients. Chapter 6 is a penetrating rebuttal of the one-size-fits-all prescription of an intelligent standard of care. Williams lucidly explains why it can be harmful to ignore the extent of diversity among different psychotherapeutic approaches and how the rigid prohibition of boundary excursions can easily undermine humane and sensible interactions. In chapter 7, Zur provides a raison d’être for crossing office boundaries and engaging in extramural activities with some clients. He presents ethical grounds and describes clinical benefits that may ensue when venturing beyond

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