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Colorado State University Boundary Violations & Dual Relationships Pamphlet

You are a human services program administrator employed at an outpatient clinic that provides counseling services to 300 active clients.  Recently, one of the licensed professional counselors at your agency was terminated after several clients came forward with allegations of misconduct.  One client alleged the counselor asked for a discount on auto parts at the client’s place of employment.  Another client alleged the same counselor approached them about “going on a date.” A third client alleged the counselor asked for frequent hugs during therapy sessions.

Create a pamphlet that you will give to future clients at your agency to help them understand dual relationships and boundary violations.  Describe information from this week’s textbook readings, ethical standards and other sources that will help clients understand what kinds of relationships constitute boundary violations and how they may report inappropriate conduct by clinic staff (offer a fictitious phone number in the pamphlet to report misconduct).


  • Write a 2-3 page pamphlet plus reference pages, which are required.
  • Be sure your answer names and discusses relevant established ethical codes. Discuss and cite the textbook readings and/or at least one additional credible or scholarly source to support the knowledge and recommendations in the pamphlet.
  • Your pamphlet must be properly cited and formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA  (Links to an external site.)

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