In this Assignment, you will apply the information you have learned regarding boundaries and dual relationships to the analysis of a real life scenario:
Ms. C was a case manager at an outpatient clinic that provided a variety of services. One of her clients was Ms. R, who was receiving services as a result of a recent divorce. Ms. C had also experienced a divorce in her past and thought she had effectively dealt with that experience, but found herself identifying with many comments made by Ms. R.
Through their work together, the two women realized they shared many common interests. They often found themselves talking about these shared interests in their time together and eventually began meeting for coffee after their sessions. Ms. R soon suggested they begin spending additional time together socially and Ms. C agreed. Before long, they became fast friends, spending a significant amount of social time together on evenings and weekends, visiting clubs, going to movies or visiting local restaurants.
After several months, the two had a falling out about a gentleman both women favored. Ms. R filed a complaint with the Regulatory agency in her state about the relationship.
In a 4–6 page paper, analyze the implications of these events. Use the internet and the Library to investigate the harmful effects of such a relationship on all parties involved: Ms. R, the helping relationship and for Ms. C. Discuss both the social and emotional impacts of such a relationship as well as their effects on the treatment relationship. Use specific examples. Discuss the likely outcome of Ms. R’s complaint if it was filed in your state. Finally, discuss strategies to minimize the likelihood of such a relationship arising in your practice.
Your Assignment should:
Be presented in the form of a well-written graduate level document
Use an essay format, 12 point font, and double spacing
Be 4–6 pages in length, not including the title and reference pages
Include a title page and reference page
Including at least two references in support of your observations and conclusions using proper APA citation and reference formatting
All work should be in your own words with quotes used very sparingly. Please be sure to answer every question within the body of your paper.
In the Reading, you will examine how intimate and social relationships can occur in interactions with human services clients and how they impact the helping relationship. Chapter 2 in your text, Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services, will cover the issue of intimate relationships with clients. In Chapter 3, you will also discover that relationships in which the helping professional’s emotional and dependency needs are being met can impact the helping relationship in a negative manner.
Please also review Standards 5 and 6 from the following:
National Organization for Human Services. (2015). Ethical Standards for Human Service Professionals. Retrieved from http://www.nationalhumanservices.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43