Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships

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Healthy Relationships

A formal professional relationship is formed when two or more people form a formal professional relationship in order to help each other. The worker-client relationship’s goals are established and carried out until the relationship ends. In many ways, personal relationships differ greatly from professional relationships. Clinical psychologists and psychologists must keep in mind when working with clients that professional boundaries, boundary crossings, and boundary violations can be difficult for both the worker and the client. This can be difficult for both the employee and the client. It is critical for a human service worker to establish and maintain professional boundaries between himself or herself and the people he or she assists, and not to use their position of power to exploit their client relationships (Mandell & Schram, 2012). Professional boundaries can be violated in a variety of ways, including errors or omissions. It is risky for a human services worker to mix their own needs with those of their clients. They may end up exploiting client relationships for personal gain.

If boundaries are not respected, clients’ problems may worsen, putting the human services worker at risk of violating ethical and legal guidelines. It is critical to establish clear boundaries and relationships with others in order to provide the best possible care to clients. Human services workers may lose perspective while caring for their clients and thus be unable to provide their services. They may also take advantage of the client for financial gain and even cause them harm due to their lack of expertise (Mandell & Schram, 2012). Another possible ethical violation that can occur when you have a large number of relationships is failing to demonstrate that the relationships are beneficial to your clients. When a close family member or friend is absent, clients frequently seek a new relationship to fill the void they leave. Human service workers, on the other hand, must prioritize the needs of their clients.

When working with people in the human services field, it is important to remember that the relationship will be brief and that you will have many opportunities to both improve yourself and help others. You’ll still need to do these things if you have a lot of close and intimate relationships with people. You can assist your friend by developing their skills, providing more self-directed support for people with long-term health conditions, or working together to improve their health and well-being.

Professionals who want to maintain open and honest relationships with coworkers and clients must exercise some restraint. To progress through the Pyramid Model’s levels, you must first achieve or master one of the Pyramid’s levels. To learn the skills that will help you succeed in life, you must be adaptable and have a positive attitude toward learning new things. People who work in human services must devise and implement treatment and response plans (Mandell & Schram, 2012). People who live in poverty and need assistance with their families are also assisted with things like youth development, legal assistance, and finding work. Client-Human Services staff relationships should be founded on mutual respect, confidentiality, negotiation of the client’s right to self-determination, and informed consent, among other things. Human service workers, according to the Pyramid Model, should have a diverse set of skills, training, credentials, and areas of expertise. You must not have any feelings for each other if you want to have a good professional relationship.


Mandell, B. R., & Schram, B. (2012). An introduction to human services: policy and practice. Boston: Pearson, c2012.