Non-sexual, non-romantic dual or multiple relationship boundary crossings are frequently violated ethical standards among credentialed clinical counselors as noted by national professional organizations and state licensure boards. Interpreting, understanding, and setting boundaries around dual and multiple relationships can result in substantial confusion and conflict for counselors, clients, and mental health professionals. This descriptive random sample study queried Maine Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) to learn more about their ethical practice behaviors in mental health. The purpose of this study was to gain knowledge of what dual relationship behaviors counselors engaged in, whether they perceived these behaviors to be boundary crossing, and if there was a relationship between the behaviors and personal characteristics of the counselors, such as gender, years of experience, ethics training, and counseling modality. Of the 400 LCPCs invited to participate, 157 returned surveys while 152 were used. Thirty-nine questions were asked of each individual regarding their practice during the past two years and whether in their judgment these behaviors were considered boundary crossings, violations or neither. All counselors identified boundary crossings and, with the exception of two questions, great variability was noted. Although gender, years of experience, ethics training, and counseling modality did not show statistical significance in relationship to the impacted on ethical decision making, other unforeseen counselor reactions yielded information for further study.
|Commitee:||Kladopolous, Chris, Noah, Benjamin|
|Department:||School of Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/01, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, School counseling|
|Keywords:||Boundary crossings, Counselor ethical behavior, Dual relationships, Ethical behavior, Ethical decision making|
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