It is not our intention to trivialize the seriousness of the issues.As part of our disguising process, we also randomly assign various professional designations, earned degrees or licensure status.“Know your client before crossing any professional boundaries” is a theme that will recur several times in this lesson.In the actual case, the client felt embarrassed by the therapist’s brash rejection and later attempted to press ethics charges for “getting him drunk and trying to take advantage.” The charge was not sustained, but the therapist had to endure a difficult inquiry by his peers, and his once-prized student turned against the therapist and was, himself, needlessly harmed. After all, the therapist tried to do the client a favor. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.We use improbable names throughout to enhance interest and ensure that identities of all parties are not discernible.
Course format (distance learning - online activity). Net has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP #6323.
In the actual case, a brief affair soon ensued and proved unsatisfactory to both parties.
The therapist did not prove to be the amazing lover the client had fantasized, and, as the therapist told the ethics committee after the client pressed charges, “I learned the hard way why this client needed serious psychotherapy.” The professional association expelled the therapist and notified the licensing board in his state.
The client became increasingly defensive and resistant to the therapist’s advice, eventually stalking out and leaving an unpaid bill for the last two sessions.
When the therapist attempted to collect her fees using a collection agency, the client pressed an ethics complaint charging that the therapist was only after her money and her merchandise.
Circumstances can converge to form a “perfect storm” of vulnerability or temptation.