Fighting Addiction

What social workers do The social worker assesses the drug user’s substance use effectively and sensitively by having a conversation. He or she assesses the risk of substance use to the drug user such as psychosis, dehydration, and overdose. He should determine the drug user’s level of motivation for change using skilled communication and listen […]

Working with Addicts

Addiction social worker The Canadian government has realized the effect drug abuse has on the young population and has taken an initiative to employ social workers who assist in the rehabilitation process of the people struggling with substance abuse. The process has cost the taxpayers over $22.8 billion annually (Pearson, Janz & Ali, 2013). Social […]

Addictions and Social Connections

Drug and alcohol addiction is part of today’s culture. Many people have engaged in drug addiction due to various factors which include developmental, environmental and biological (Kuhar, 2012). Many people, however, perceive those who use drugs as people who do not have the willpower or moral principles and that they have the option of stopping […]

Ayurveda Research

Ayurvedic Treatment Ayurveda is one of the mostly applied traditional systems of medicine that are incorporated in the modern medicine. In the recent past, Ayurveda has been globalized, and more research on the modernization of the practices is still underway (Patel & Mansoori, 2012). The Ayurveda practices such as therapies and use of herbs have […]

Foundations of Spirituality in Healthcare

Spirituality is an energy that extends beyond religion and all earthly endowments. It pushes the mind to be steady amidst life’s challenges thus enabling the body to operate within the limits of the healthy function. On the other hand,  God is a creator; He created things that can be seen and those that our naked […]

Therapist ethics violations

“Inflating” bills refers to charging the insurance carrier a higher fee than the therapist is actually charging the patient. When this happens, the therapist pock-ets the difference or applies it to the patient’s portion of the fee. Also, thera-pists must distinguish between three sep-arate billing situations: illegal balance billing, charging one’s insurance com-pany profile fee […]

Examples of Boundary Violations in Therapy

Confidentiality in Therapy The psychiatrist in the clinical vignette fails to maintain confidentiality. To gain the patient’s confidence, he shares intimate informa-tion about other patients. This creates the illusion that she is special. The maintenance of confidentiality is an absolute boundary guideline that must be followed unless specific clinical, ethical, or legal exceptions arise.13 Con-fidentiality must […]

Therapist client relationship boundaries

Vulnerable Patients Every patient, by virtue of being a patient, is vulnerable to psychological damage from therapists who commit boundary violations. Psychotic and bor-derline patients are particularly at risk for psychic injury.” Frequently, these patients have been physically and sex-ually abused as children. Their sense of what constitutes appropriate relation-ships and boundaries may be seriously […]

Characteristics of therapeutic relationship

Principles Underlying Boundary Guidelines Rule of Abstinence Definition There are a number of basic, overlapping principles that form the underpinning for the establish-ment of boundary guidelines. One of the foremost principles is the rule of absti-nence, which states that the therapist must refrain from obtaining personal gratification at the expense of the pa-tient.8 Extra-therapeutic gratifications […]

Therapeutic Boundaries Violations

Treatment Boundary Violations: Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Considerations Robert I. Simon, MD What is a therapeutic relationship The observance of treatment boundaries maintains the integrity of the therapist-patient relationship. It is the therapist’s professional duty to establish appropriate treatment boundaries. Basic boundary guidelines are reviewed. The principles underlying these boundary guidelines are explored. A clinical […]