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Ethical Boundaries in Balancing the Power Dynamic in the Therapeutic Relationship

Psychologist Post-Test
Psychologist CEs, Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, MFT CEUs

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1. What is rationalization some have about abuse of the personal contact boundary with clients?
2. What are some biases against the validity of the topic of the Sexual abuse of Power between client and therapists?
3. What is key factor that adds to the power imbalance between client and therapists?
4. What are hurdles that remain after the client leaves the abusive relationship?
5. What are characteristics that separate the normal power imbalance in a therapeutic relationship from an unethical power imbalance?
6. What are warning signs that a client may be vulnerable to an abusive balance of power?
7. What are the categories listed in Schoener's typology of abuse?
A. Indulgence of professional privilege, role reversal, secrecy, and a double bind.
B. The Bad Apple bias; Victim Blaming; Sexism; the Eunuch idea; and Codes of Ethics.
C. Naive and uninformed, healthy or mildly neurotic, severely neurotic, character disorders, sociopath or narcissistic, and psychotic or borderline personality disorders.
D. Faith
E. Idealization of the professional; wishes for a rescuer; intense feelings bound up in the relationship; and traumatic transfer.
F. Sexual abuse of clients mainly happened in the 90’s, and before. Today therapist are too lawsuit conscious for this to be an issue.
G. Seeking and finding support from friends and seeking professional help.

8. What are primary hallmarks of boundary failures in the borderline client?
9. What are definitions of manipulation?
10. The AAMFT, NBCC, and APA prohibit sexual relationship with former client’s for a period of two years. However, what does the NASW Code state?

A. “The act of changing others by unfair means to serve one’s own purpose” and “the act of improving one’s life situation through the skillful management of another person or system without consent from the effected party”.
B.Acting out behavior, chaotic relationships, and inability to control effect.
C. The professional should not engage in sexual activities or sexual contact with former clients because of the potential for harm to the client.

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