Are dual relationships always detrimental? Speaking the Unspeakable provides an in-depth exploration of client-practitioner dual relationships, offering critical discussion and sustained narrative on thinking about and being in dual relationships.
Lynne Gabriel draws on the experiences of both practitioners and clients to provide a clear summary of the complex and multidimensional nature of dual relationships. The beneficial as well as detrimental potential of such relationships is discussed and illustrated with personal accounts. Subjects covered include:
· roles and boundaries in dual and multiple role relationships
· client experiences and perceptions of being in dual and multiple role relationships
· developing a relational ethic for complex relationships
This book offers an insightful and challenging portrayal of dual relationships that will be welcomed by therapists, trainers, trainees and supervisors.
'The themes in this book should be a compulsory element in all core therapy and supervisor training programmes… The book gives rich food for thought. I think it will help practitioners to reconsider attitudes to what might once have been 'unspeakable'.' - Val Simanowitz, Therapy Today, November 2005
'A highly readable, in-depth account of issues related to the complex and controversial area of dual or multiple relationships within counselling and psychotherapy.' - Jane Edwards, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Introduction and Overview. Dual Relationships in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Sexual Dual Relationships. Non-sexual Dual Relationships. Roles and Boundaries in Dual and Multiple Role Relationships. Dual Relationships and Relational Ethics. Client and Practitioner Dual and Multiple Relationships. Client Experiences and Perceptions of Being in Dual and Multiple Role Relationships. Practitioner Experiences and Perceptions of Being in Dual and Multiple Role Relationships. Developing a Relational Ethic for Complex Relationships. Concluding Comments. Questions for Assessing Dual or Multiple Role Relationships in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Appendix 1: Guidelines on Ethical Decision-making. Appendix 2: Useful Contacts.