Boundary Wars: Intimacy and Distance in Healing Relationships

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Are intimate relations between clergy and those they serve, or between mental health professionals and their patients, ethical? Do such relations represent an abuse of power? This book squarely addresses these questions--and contains surprising answers. While uniformly supporting victims and abhoring abuse, these contriubtors reveal profound differences in interpreting the need for boundries in healing relationships.

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Boundary Wars: Intimacy And Distance In Healing Relationships reflects fourteen diverse perspectives from mental health professionals and clergy, theologians, ethicists, and lawyer, and an historian; academicians and practitioners; people of color, differing sexual orientations, and various ethnic identifications. While uniformly supporting victims and abhorring abuse, these contributors reveal profound differences in interpreting the need for boundaries in healing relationships. Some (such as Marie Fortune, Ronald Barton, and Karen Lebacqz) suggest only a "distance" model is morally legitimate; others (Carter Heyward, Beverly Harrison, Susan Baur) suggest that rigid, artificial boundaries between individuals may not always be appropriate -- and may in fact impede the therapeutic process. Boundary Wars is a much-needed road map for the sharply controversial journey to healing. Boundary Wars is a valuable contribution to academic, mental health center, and public library counseling reference collections. -- Midwest Book Review

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