Leadership

Relational Red Flags

You’ve got to have some accountability and some boundaries set up in your counseling relationships. Here are some practical things you can do to start that process… Setting boundaries is an important part of establishing an accountability system and heading off improprieties in counseling relationships. Even you as the counselor need to keep a close watch on maintaining the boundaries, as inappropriate feelings can affect both parties. Watch for the following warning signs: An increase in personal conversations Inappropriate physical contact Fantasies about a sexual relationship with the counselee Offers to drive counselee home Meetings outside of the normal counseling session time Hiding feelings and/or meetings with the counselee from accountability systems, including your spouse (Via Church Executive.) QUESTION: What guidelines do YOU have in place for counseling at your church? Have you ever come close to crossing the line? Todd