Ethics and the Ideal Helping Relationship: Response to Hill and Mamalakis
therapy, clinical model, code of ethics
The essence of therapy is the helping relationship. Thus, the goal of any clinical model, including a code of professional ethics, is to describe as definitively as possible the ideal helping relationship. Departures from ideal conditions must be warranted by significant and highly probable benefit, not outweighed by the possibility of countervailing harm. Some departures from ideal clinical conditions are of such gravity that they are expressly prohibited, as in the case of dual therapist‐sexual partner relationships. The prohibition of other departures is not absolute, but decidedly cautionary. We agree with Hill and Mamalakis that apparently unavoidable departures from ethical guidelines—as in the case of a dual relationship (DR) within religious, rural, or minority communities—must be cautiously evaluated to avoid too casual dismissal of a prudent and consensus‐based ethical standard.
Original Publication Citation
Butler, M. H., & Gardner, B. C. (2001). Ethics and the ideal helping relationship: Response to Hill and Mamalakis. Family Relations, 50(3), 209-214.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Butler, Mark H. and Gardner, Brandt C., "Ethics and the Ideal Helping Relationship: Response to Hill and Mamalakis" (2001). Faculty Publications. 4441.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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