Personal boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for themselves what are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him or her and how they will respond when someone steps outside those limits. An important role of parents is to set healthy boundaries for kids. Healthy boundaries help kids feel safe and supported, teach good behavior, and in turn help kids learn to set appropriate boundaries for themselves as they grow in independence.
And, while it may not always be easy, it is crucial for both kids and adults to think critically when setting boundaries with those in a position of authority, including older relatives, teachers, coaches, attorneys, therapists, doctors, priests, ministers, judges or police, etc.
There are guidelines on appropriate behavior for all professionals. All professionals should be held to the highest standards of ethical conduct and behavior, as prescribed by the ethical guidelines of their respective professions. Below are but a few samples of ethical guidelines for professionals.
Educating consumers about the differences between healthy and unhealthy therapy practices. http://www.GoodTherapy.org
Psychologists May Not be Qualified Court Experts,“It is considered unethical to switch back and forth between an evaluative and psychotherapeutic role,” consultant on the case David Stein, Ph.D., the chair of the Forensic Psychology Committee of the California Psychological Association, wrote in court papers. Incompetent or unethical psychological experts in the courts are one of today’s major scandals in the justice system, says Margaret Hagen, author of “Whores of the Court: The Fraud of Psychiatric Testimony and the Rape of American Justice“. http://www.villagelife.org/news/archives/11-4-97_psychsnoexperts.html
DV Cases Require DV Experts: DUH! http://timesupblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/dv-cases-require-dv-experts-duh.html
The APA Ethics Code Standard 3.05 states that psychologists should refrain from entering into multiple relationships… or otherwise risks exploitation or harm to the person with whom the professional relationship exists.
Multiple Roles in Therapy – Ethical Violations http://drkkolmes.com/2009/07/13/demystifying-therapy-what-are-dual-and-multiple-roles/
American Psychological Association: “Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct” http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Code of Ethics https://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/legal_ethics/code_of_ethics.aspx
“The child representative shall not render an opinion, recommendation, or report to the court and shall not be called as a witness, but shall offer evidence-based legal arguments. The child representative shall disclose the position as to what the child representative intends to advocate in a pre-trial memorandum that shall be served upon all counsel of record prior to the trial. The position disclosed in the pre-trial memorandum shall not be considered evidence.” from Illinois Statute on Child Representatives http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=075000050K506
Patient’s Bill of Rights, Patient Bill of Rights_merged