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Applied Ethics in Mental Health CareAn Interdisciplinary Reader$
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Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001

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Boundary Issues in Social Work: Managing Dual Relationships

Boundary Issues in Social Work: Managing Dual Relationships

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(p.329) 23 Boundary Issues in Social Work: Managing Dual Relationships
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Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care
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Frederic G. Reamer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.003.0023

Social work literature clearly demonstrates that ethical issues related to boundaries are among the most problematic and challenging. Boundary issues involve circumstances in which social workers encounter actual or potential conflicts between their professional duties and their social, sexual, religious, or business relationships. This article provides an overview of boundary issues in social work (circumstances involving dual and multiple relationships); presents a conceptually based typology of boundary issues in the profession; and provides guidelines to help social workers manage the boundary issues and risks that arise in practice.

Keywords:   Boundaries, Social Work, Risk Management, Professionalism

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