Safety Precautions for Counselors Cathy Jones is a part-time sole practitioner, a professional…

Safety Precautions for Counselors

Cathy Jones is a part-time sole practitioner, a professional
counselor who sees clients in the evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at an
office building. On most nights, she is the only person in the building. She is
trying to build her practice and has been networking and promoting her practice
any way she can. She receives a voice mail from someone named Mr. Smith, who
explains that he is looking for a counselor. She returns his call, and the
following conversation takes place.

Cathy: Hello, is this Mr. Smith?

Mr. Smith: Yes, that’s me.

Cathy:
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Safety Precautions for Counselors

Cathy Jones is a part-time sole practitioner, a professional
counselor who sees clients in the evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at an
office building. On most nights, she is the only person in the building. She is
trying to build her practice and has been networking and promoting her practice
any way she can. She receives a voice mail from someone named Mr. Smith, who
explains that he is looking for a counselor. She returns his call, and the
following conversation takes place.

Cathy: Hello, is this Mr. Smith?

Mr. Smith: Yes, that’s me.

Cathy: This is Cathy Jones. I’m returning your call.

Mr. Smith: Oh yeah, the counselor.

Cathy: You left a message saying you want to set up a
counseling appointment? I’m calling to see if you are still looking for a
counselor and what you are seeking a counselor for to determine if I am able to
assist you.

Mr. Smith: Great, yes, I found your name and picture on that
site about counselors and I thought you looked like a nice lady. So
I decided to call you.

Cathy: Can you give me an idea of why you’re interested in
counseling?

Mr. Smith: Well, my girlfriend just broke up with me and I’m
pretty upset about that. I can’t believe she would do this to me after all
we’ve been through. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, women always let me
down. I’ve been in counseling before and I know how it works. I’ve got
plenty of money, so you don’t have to worry about me being able to pay your
fees.

Cathy: So, you want to seek counseling to discuss the recent
loss of this relationship.

Mr. Smith: Yeah, I know I’ve got to get a handle on this
before I spiral out of control. My last girlfriend called the cops on me when
I confronted her new boyfriend, and I don’t want that to happen again. I
really want to handle things differently this time. I know I have to
change how I react to things like this.

Discussion Questions

1. Should Cathy Jones take on Mr. Smith as a client?
Explain.

2. If yes, what safety precautions should she take?

3. How might Cathy’s desire to increase her practice get in
the way of screening?

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