Dual attraction dating
MK: This is an important piece for counselors to understand and it is important to plan healthy alternative ways to meet their emotional and romantic needs.
DK: As mentioned earlier, the 2005 ACA Code of Ethics increases the prohibition on sexual and romantic interactions with former clients.
Why did the Ethical Code Revision Task Force decide to increase this prohibition to five years?
The fact that sexual contact is the only exclusion contained in a malpractice policy indicates how harmful sexual contact is to a client.DK: That relates to malpractice suits and the one exception that liability companies such as the ACA Insurance Trust make about sexual contact with a client.All liability insurance policies that I have seen provide a lawyer and defend a counselor if he or she is accused of sexual contact with a client.The main goal of counseling should be to focus on the best interests and welfare of the client.Counselors cannot know each and every relationship or relative of clients, but counselors should not knowingly engage in such relationships. Suppose a counselor is engaged to be married and finds out from looking at the wedding invitations that one of her long-term clients is a very close cousin of her fiancé.