So, what are your professional boundaries?
Are you a substance abuse or addiction counselor or seeking to become one? Watch as Yvonne Ward, LCAS, CCS, teaches the 4 key areas of maintaining professional boundaries with clients and substance abuse counseling professionals.
When we talk about professional boundaries, we are referring to the ethical guidelines and expectations that a professional uses to guide their everyday interactions with the client’s and families that they serve. It is necessary for the clinician to clarify their role at the beginning of the therapeutic relationship so that the boundaries are clear. Why might we want to make this clear from the beginning?
The Responsibility of The Substance Abuse Counselor
Our first responsibility as counselors is to do no harm to the clients we serve. In taking care to do no harm, we should take the time to share with them our role as a clinician. As well as how we plan to help them as we develop the therapeutic relationship. This creates a safe environment for the clients and guides the therapeutic process. It is important for clinicians to build a rapport with the clients they serve and clarify roles at the start of the therapeutic relationship supports a trusting therapeutic relationship. It is also important for the clinician to distinguish for themselves as well as clients the difference between being friendly and being a friend, ensuring that each client knows and understands the boundaries of the therapeutic relationship.
Clearly Established Goals Maintain Professional Boundaries
Clinicians should be professional at all times and have specified goals that they are working on with clients. Sometimes it is difficult for clinicians in recovery to separate their own recovery from their professional role as a clinician. The professional arena should not be the place that the professional uses to get their own needs met.« Continue »