APA Ethics Case Study: Malpractice Boarding

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Earthski 1. Is coaching a teenager-patient on anxiety-related issues in context of skate boarding lessons definitively a dual relationship? The dilemma for the therapist in this case is to decide if it is a dual relationship if the therapist coaches the teenager, whom is also a patient dealing with anxiety. I would say that it would be considered crossing boundaries all though I wouldn’t consider it to definitively be a dual relationship. However, the terms dual and multiple can be used interchangeably. Our text states, “The APA ethics code defines a multiple relationship as one in which a practitioner is in a professional role with a person in addition to another role with that same individual, or with another person who is close to…show more content…
A therapist should not take on any activity where there could be complaints filed or a possible lawsuit filed at some point and time, but in this case I think that malpractice insurance would cover. However, all the correct documentation and consent should be in place before interactions begin. There are many areas of practice that could lead to legal action, and a client can file a lawsuit at any time (Corey, G., Corey, M. S., Corey, C., & Callanan, P., 2015, p. 191). I do not think Earthski should carry out this activity with the client, but usually each professional should have malpractice insurance along with the facility that the professional works with. Common complaints against counselors are things like multiple relationships, negligence, sexual misconduct, boundary violations, maintaining confidentiality, clarification of fees, child custody recommendations, self-disclosure, and practicing beyond competence (Corey, G., Corey, M. S., Corey, C., & Callanan, P., 2015, p. 191). We are helping clients when they are most vulnerable, and they turn to us for guidance. With this guidance comes a lot of trust, and with this trust comes many risks. The therapist must be very careful and broaden awareness not to overstep boundaries and be sued for

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