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To cultivate and maintain a healthy counseling relationship, knowing your professional boundaries is essential. Our professional code of ethics helps to guide our professional boundaries as school counselors.
- School counselors avoid dual relationships that may cause harm to their students.
- Function within the boundaries of personal competence. Be aware of personal skill levels and limitations.
- Establishing boundaries is an important competency.
- Boundaries delineate personal and professional roles.
- Boundaries are essential to student and school counselor safety.
- Professional relationships with students exist for their benefit.
- When unsure of whether you are crossing your professional boundaries, ask yourself: “Whose needs are being met in this relationship, my student’s or my own?”
- “Boundaries define the helping pathway for patients and professionals and are integral to professional effectiveness.” (Everett and Gallop, 2001)
- Crossing a boundary can become harmful to the student. It can be difficult to assess when harm is caused.
- Violations of professional boundaries can include: disclosure of confidential information, conflicts of interest, exploitative relationships, multiple or non-sexual dual relationships, and others.
- What I have learned
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- Boundaries in Counseling PPT
- ASCA Ethical Standards, see Section A.5. Dual Relationships and Managing Boundaries
- ASCA Ethical Tips for School Counselors: https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/legal-ethical/ethical-tips-for-school-counselors
- Boundary Issues in Counseling: https://www.counseling.org/Publications/FrontMatter/78090-FM.PDF
- Necessary Boundaries for a Healthy Counseling Relationship: https://vantagepointrecovery.com/healthy-counseling-relationship/
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