Ep 209 – How to Avoid Violating Client Boundaries with Dr. Ben Benjamin

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Cultivating sensitivity and trust is essential to keeping clients safe—especially as we are aware that many women and men have experienced physical or sexual trauma. In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren speak with Dr. Ben Benjamin about how to avoid violating client boundaries, understanding the patient is in charge of the session, why it’s important for the therapist to understand the power differential, and whether maintaining boundaries is a shared responsibility between client and therapist.

Related Articles in Massage & Bodywork magazine:

Keeping Clients Safe, Part Two,” by Dr. Ben Benjamin, Massage & Bodywork magazine. July/August 2021, page 70.

Keeping Clients Safe, Part One,” by Dr. Ben Benjamin, Massage & Bodywork magazine. May/June 2021, page 64.

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Dr. Ben Benjamin, author of The Ethics of Touch.
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Dr. Ben E. Benjamin has done much pioneering work in the areas of ethics, communication, and sexual assault prevention, writing articles on professional, sexual, and business ethics. He is the co-author of The Ethics of Touch, a textbook used in schools throughout North America to teach ethics and boundaries to massage therapists as well as other hands-on health-care professionals. He has been an expert witness in cases of sexual assault in the massage and bodywork field since 2004. In 1974 Dr. Benjamin founded the Muscular Therapy Institute, a school he owned and nurtured for over 30 years. In the 1980s he developed a 150-hour curriculum in ethics and communication skills for therapists in training. He has taught courses in ethics, boundaries, sexuality, and communication to somatic therapists for over 30 years. 

Additionally, Dr. Benjamin earned a PhD in sports medicine and has dedicated his life to helping people cope with and overcome the pain and stress caused by injury to the body in his muscular therapy sports injury private practice since 1963.

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