Dr. Kim is an experienced therapist with more than 15 years of practice. He is a quiet and reserved man. A new client, Susan, asked Dr. Kim for a hug at the end of a session. Though feeling uncomfortable, he allowed it. This happens at the end of the next 3 sessions and he becomes increasingly uncomfortable. He sought supervision from a more experienced therapist.
In reading the case study for Unit 6, how do you assess Dr. Kim’s behavior? Do you see any potential ethical issues?
- Here is an article from Zur Institute that discusses dual relationships and boundary issues: Dual Relationships, Multiple Relationships, Boundaries, Boundary Crossing & Boundary Violations
- Take a look at this article that discusses client/counselor relationship boundaries: Can Your Therapist Be our Friend?