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ERIC Number: ED408548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-13
Pages: 27
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Nonromantic/Nonsexual Relationships with Former Clients: Implications for Psychologists' Training.
Anderson, Sharon K.
The ethical principles and code of conduct of the American Psychological Association are clear: psychologists are to avoid sexual relationships with former clients. But guidelines offer scant guidance on nonromantic and nonsexual relationships with former clients; the ethical risks of such relationships are explored in this paper. The information is presented in three parts. An overview of research findings that describe the types of nonromantic/nonsexual relationships that occur between psychologists and former clients, psychologists' perspectives of the ethical nature of these relationships, and their justifications for their perspective are covered first. Next, a conceptual framework that will help psychologists and psychologists-in-training assess the ethical risk of a post-therapy relationship with a former client is discussed. The last section suggests guidelines for psychologists-in-training to consider when nonsexual interactions or relationships with former clients are unavoidable. It is argued that if the risks are very low and the therapist has discussed, with the former client and in consultation, the potential problems as well as the necessary changes in the relationship that the new role implies, there may be no strong ethical objections from engaging in a post-therapy relationship. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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