Boundary crossings and the RD-Client Relationship

The RD-client relationship depends on clearly defined professional boundaries to maintain the mutual trust, integrity and respect essential for quality nutrition care.  A boundary crossing happens when the RD-client relationship changes from professional to personal. In other words,  another type of relationship or feeling towards a client interferes with the therapeutic relationship.

zero tolerance for sexual abuse of clients

The law has zero tolerance for sexual abuse of clients by dietitians. Sexual abuse does not have to involve actual sex. It includes revealing intimate sexual information, flirting, making sexual-related comments or jokes. 

A dietitian cannot date a client or former client, and cannot have sex with a client or former client. Consent is irrelevant. Even if the client initiates or willingly participates in the sexual activity, it is still prohibited. Even if both parties are genuinely in love,  sexual relations with a client or former client are never permitted.  For more complete information see  Boundary Guidelines for Professional Therapeutic RD-Client Relationships.

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