This book offers a frank analysis of a range of boundary issues that human-service practitioners may confront. The ethics of intimate relationships with clients and former clients is addressed, as well as the healthy parameters of practitioners’ self-disclosure, the giving and receiving of gifts and favors, and the unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances of social encounters and geographical proximity. With case studies addressing challenges in the mental health field, school contexts, child welfare, addiction programs, home health care, elder services, and prison, rural, and military settings, Dr. Reamer offers effective, practical risk-management models that prevent problems and help balance dual relationships Since the publication of the previous edition of Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services in 2012, digital technology has transformed how human-service professionals deliver services to clients. This course covers the last 4 chapters of the book, including chapters on personal benefit, altruism, unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances, and risk management guidelines and strategies.
This course is based on the book, Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services Part 2 created by Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D. in 2020.
3rd Edition Nov 2020
Course Material Author
Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D.
Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D. is a professor at the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. His research and teaching have addressed mental health, health care, criminal justice, and professional ethics. He has served as Director of the National Juvenile Justice Assessment Center of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island; and as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the state housing finance agency. Reamer served on the State of Rhode Island Parole Board from 1992 to 2016. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education, Associate Editor of the National Association of Social Workers Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th edition), and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. Reamer is the author of many books and articles. He chaired the national task force that wrote the current National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.
Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice
after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada
Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults,
and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify two boundary issues associated with bartering, business and financial relationships, advice and services, favors and gifts, and/or conflicts of interest.
Summarize several risk management strategies to mitigate boundary issues associated with bartering, business and financial relationships, advice and services, favors and gifts, and conflicts of interest.
Give 2 examples of boundaries issues that can arise because of practitioners' genuinely altruistic instincts and gestures.
Summarize several risk management strategies to mitigate boundary issues associated with practitioner altruism.
Summarize several risk management strategies to mitigate boundary issues in unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances such as rural communities, the military, and social encounters.
List 2 policies or guidelines for practice addressing relevant boundary issues (such as technology/social media).
Identify when to seek collegial consultation in regard to boundary issues and dual relationships.
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Faculty: Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC
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