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Dual and multiple relationships with present clients exist when a practitioner and client have more than one relationship The primary relationship is usually one of a professional nature however the secondary relationship can be either professional or personal Corey Corey and Callanan the authors of Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions break such relationships down even further by defining a multiple relationship as existing when 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 that individual 262 However they also go on to explain that dual relationships can include providing therapy to a relative or friends relative socializing with clients becoming emotionally or sexually involved etc 262 However there are many different views on this topic which lead to further misinterpretations on the topic of dual and multiple relationships Leaving the question are dual and multiple relationships with present clients ethically wrongFirst it is important to know most organizations have a code of ethics that details their view on dual and multiple relationships as well as the possible negative results of participating in such a relationship Most if not all organizations are opposed to dual and multiple relationships due to the possible consequences and harm it may cause to a client as well as the practitioner For example The American Psychological Association WA Ethics committee 1988 reported that dual relationships accounted for 23 of all ethical complaints still water Corey Corey and Callanan state in their text book Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions it is a wise practice for counselors to avoid dual relationships to the extent possible and to document precautions taken to protect clients when such relationships are unavoidable 263 After all in the mental health field we are talking about the most intimate details of a persons life their thoughts and feelings Unfortunately the attempts to classify dual and multiple relationships
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