101151: Boundary Issues in Counseling

Multiple Roles and Responsibilities

About the Course:

This course examines major principles of creating and maintaining healthy interpersonal boundaries with clients. Topics covered include the client’s perspective, the therapist’s perspective, issues in supervision, facilitating group therapy, and specialty issues such as forensic psychology and substance abuse counseling.


American Counseling Association

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Herlihy, Barbara and Corey, Gerald

About the Author:

Barbara Herlihy, Ph.D. has served as chair of the ACA Ethics Committee, and is coauthor with Gerald Corey of the ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, 5th ed. as well as Dual Relationships in Counseling. Gerald Corey, EdD. is a well-known and highly-respected author of many counseling textbooks.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers, who seek knowledge about therapist/client boundaries. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate level professionals.

Course Objectives:

  1. Clearly understand what are considered to be appropriate and ethical sexual boundaries, as well as non-sexual boundaries, between the practitioner and clients.

  2. Accurately discuss the complexities of a variety of multiple relationships between practitioners and clients as well as supervisors and supervisees.

  3. Explain some of the ethical issues that arise in the context of group counseling, counseling within a community, and counseling with special populations.

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