Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How patients test boundaries

I recently provided an Art Therapy directive for the Rehab Therapy department during a training to help everyone be more aware of how patients try to test or cross our boundaries. It was interesting to hear others' experiences and how they dealt with being tested.  Some of the scenarios included being asked for a loan, being told you are attractive, having a patient try to enter your office, and being asked personal questions such as favorite sexual position.  It seemed that the men were tested more for getting things, and the women were tested more for physical/sexual boundaries.  We discussed various responses to these patients, and I hope it was helpful for everyone to share, hear, or talk about this topic. It's important to stay aware and alert with the forensic population in order to prevent over-familiarity, and promote healthy boundaries.