Therapists and reality TV shows are often not a great mix. And yet, it turns out that both of your esteemed hosts have some history with Hollywood. Learn more about how to think about dual-relationship exam questions -- and Ben's dark secret.
This question comes from an older edition of one of our books.
A therapist is concluding short-term treatment with a casting director for a production company that is interested in developing reality television shows about therapists. The client asks whether the therapist might be willing to be considered for one of the company’s shows that will be casting in a few months. The client would not be involved in the casting decision, and would not inform others at the company that he had been in therapy with the therapist. The therapist should:
- Politely refuse the offer, as the casting decision would be made less than two years after the conclusion of therapy.
- Politely refuse the offer, as it would be a prohibited dual relationship.
- Consider the offer and inquire as to what the client’s ongoing role in the show would be.
- Consider the offer under the condition that the client disclose the therapeutic relationship.
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