Psychologist, come in to contact with many people from many ways of life. You deal with many different situations. We all are human and most sane human being have feelings. In this field controlling your emotions can be very difficult, but it is the most vital part to be successful in this field. In this paper I will be discussing the ethical issue of multiple relationships. Multiple relationships are when a Psychologist has out side relationships with a client. These relationships include and are not limited to: Dating a client, Dating someone close to the client, Promising to date the client or someone close to the client, or any form of relationship out side of a professional relationship.
I have read stories were clients have fallen in love with their Psychologist. The clients end up Sexually harassed them, followed them home, threaten to harm them selves. There are many different situations that have occurred were clients have went as far as trying to kill their Psychologist because they just got too close to each other. They began to make promises they can’t keep, or even worst get too involved in a clients situation. I believe that the issue of multiple relationships is, becoming to involve in a client’s situation goes hand in hand. If you have out side relationships with your client or plan to be in a relationship with the client out side of the Professional settings, it can make your Judgment on the situations sway. Being bias when you are trying to help some one could cause their life. Morally your main goal should be trying to help your client through whatever it is that they are going through based off the out come they are looking for, not how you feel they should be. Most people who go to counseling realize they have a problem they want to fix. The client has some idea of getting out of the situation they are currently in.
When you become a psychologist, and receive your license, you sign an agreement...