Vistas Online 2008

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


Relational Ethics, Boundary Riders and Process Sentinels: Allies for Ethical Practice

Lynne Gabriel


With the ethics of client-practitioner relationships receiving increased attention in the literature, practitioners must find ways of mediating the tensions and challenges inherent in client and therapy work. This paper draws on dual relationship research1,2, therapy theory, and practice to sets out concepts for effective ethical practice. It also presents a model for developing a personal-professional relational ethic.

The notion of apersonal-professional relational ethic and the concepts boundary rider and process sentinel are offered as helpful metaphors to incorporate in a practitioner’s ‘tool-kit’, as allies for ethical practice. The paper is relevant for practitioners in a wide range of counselling and therapy roles, including: counsellors, psychotherapists, trainee practitioners, supervisors, trainers, psychologists, allied health professionals, and service providers. 

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