Liability Insurance Designed Specifically for Social Workers

Understanding Boundaries and Dual Relationships

Understanding Boundaries


Establish and maintain strict and clearly defined professional boundaries, including the “dual relationship” arising from client privilege.

  • Terminate the client when you determine that the client is not benefiting from your treatment. If the client requires continued treatment, you must document in writing your efforts for a referral to appropriate services and continued therapy.
  • Only provide those professional services that are within your professional competency. Do not risk practicing in other occupations.
  • All social services based on an assessment, evaluation, or diagnosis with treatment notes must include the diagnostic code and conformance with same.

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