Professional Boundaries Articles
Boundary Issues in the Professional Client Relationship
"Compassion and caring are hallmarks of how we deliver our professional skills. However, our compassion and caring are exactly what may cause us to unwittingly cross the boundaries of the professional-client relationship. And even though it is unwitting, the impact is the same as though the boundary violation was purposeful."
Republished with permission from Rehab & Community Care Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 1 (c) BCS Communications
Boundary Issues in the Professional/Client Relationship
"The professional/client relationship is defined by boundaries. Paraphrasing Marilyn Peterson, from her book At Personal Risk (1992), these boundaries are the limits that allow for a safe connection between you and your client and are always based on your client’s needs—not wants.
A boundary violation occurs when you place your needs above the needs of your client and you gain personally and/or professionally at his or her expense. And the prevailing root causes can be found in such innocent actions as noted above."
This article was published by the International Community Corrections Association in its Journal of Community Corrections , Vol. 17, No. 1, Copyright (c) 2008, and is posted with permission.