The client may decide to maintain the counselor-client relationship, but the counselor is obligated to explore the potential risks and benefits to the change in relationship (i.e., seeing each other at family gatherings).

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DK: That relates to malpractice suits and the one exception that liability companies such as the ACA Insurance Trust make about sexual contact with a client.

All liability insurance policies that I have seen provide a lawyer and defend a counselor if he or she is accused of sexual contact with a client.

The old 1995 code stated that counselors were to avoid sexual intimacies with former clients within two years of termination.

The revised 2005 code expands the time frame to five years.

Currently, it strongly advises doctors against dating patients.

But its new draft acknowledges that a blanket ban is too strong.

We agreed that it is critical to determine how clients define what “family member” means to them.

In a cultural context, “family” can be nonblood relationships such as godparents or neighbors.

All of these considerations seem to be part of demonstrating sound professional judgment.