Dating questions of ethics

Note how the code settles this conflict in the case of sexual involvements with current clients and patients; harm is so likely to occur, and autonomy so likely to be compromised in the therapy relationship, that the code establishes an absolute prohibition against sexual relationships.In post-termination relationships, however, given the passage of time, the harm becomes less certain and the likelihood that a client's autonomy will be compromised less clear.11 Print version: page 76 The APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct--our ethics code--consists of general principles and standards of conduct, as its title reveals.

By setting forth clinically based criteria relevant to assessing whether harm is likely to occur, paragraph (b) confirms this balance of values, emphasizes the importance of avoiding harm in these relationships, and provides concrete direction in how to assess the likelihood of exploitation.Ethical Standard 10.08 is an excellent illustration of how the code accomplishes this essential function.As a profession, we have learned all too well the harms that occur when psychologists become sexually involved with their clients.Not every relationship leads to marriage, but rather than sneak around to avoid a frank conversation, it's better to practice the Golden Rule. My therapist is great, but sometimes I think she shares too much. When I finally got into her office, she told me the previous patient was nonverbal and had painted her nails during the session.Later in the session, she confided that years ago she had been date raped.