Dating former clients and ethics
So what in fact are the ethical rules about the matter?
Here’s a little pre-history summary provided by Richard Komalko says that "A lawyer shall not have sexual relations with a client unless a consensual sexual relationship existed between them when the client-lawyer relationship commenced." In other words, you can take your lover as a client, but you can’t take your client as a lover.
Some practitioners are keenly interested in the subject because of their direct experience with difficult ethical challenges or because of their general fascination with moral dilemmas.
Other practitioners enroll in ethics continuing education classes with some misgivings or reluctance – sometimes fearing that the material will be dry and mundane – and primarily because their state licensing board mandates ethics education.
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, we concluded by promising another entry on the thorny problem of conducting personal relationships with clients and/or their spouses.
There is no question that interest in ethical issues in behavioral health (in the professions of social work, psychology, psychiatry, marriage and family counseling, counseling, pastoral counseling, and psychiatric nursing) – and, more generally, professional ethics – has burgeoned in recent years.