Violation of professional boundaries
Signs of boundary violations
The violation of professional boundaries usually occurs when an employee forgets they are not in a personal relationship with a client, but rather are assigned a professional role to play in supporting change with a person, family or community. Maintaining professional boundaries can be difficult sometimes, however empowerment and change is best achieved for the client when the balance of a personal and professional role is managed.
Whilst in isolation none of these behaviours may indicate a potential boundary violation is happening, they can be an indicator of a potential problem.
- Developing strong feelings for the client
- Spending more time with this client over others
- Having personal conversations with the client
- Receiving calls at home from the client
- Receiving gifts
- Doing things for a client rather than enabling the client to do it for themselves
- Believing only they can offer the right services, or they know the client best
- Physically touching the client