Clinicians’ Network Community Conversations: Ethical Quandaries Session 1: Managing Clients’ Romantic Attraction

November 10, 2021 | 12-1 p.m. Central

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The Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians’ Network is pleased to launch Community Conversations beginning November 2021. Forming around pressing issues affecting providers (defined broadly) who serve people experiencing homelessness, Community Conversations are not webinars: they are discussions informed by real-life cases meant to improve wellbeing of HCH providers through mutual support and problem-solving. Therefore, attendees are expected to share openly and encourage others, not just listen, and all participants are encouraged to have their cameras on if possible. To facilitate a safer space, the conversations will not be recorded.

The HCH Clinicians’ Network has chosen three topics to inform groups that will meet once per quarter: (1) children and families, (2) harm reduction, and (3) ethical dilemmas in HCH work.

Our first Community Conversation will take up the ethical challenges that show up when HCH clients form romantic attachments to their providers (mental health, medical, or other providers). These instances range from inappropriate remarks to stalking and violence and numerous scenarios in between. How do we respond in a way that keeps us safe without damaging what may be clients’ only therapeutic relationship? Join us to explore these difficult questions.


  • Lawanda Williams | Chief Behavioral Health Officer | Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. | Baltimore, MD


  • Michael Durham | Community Engagement Manager | National Health Care for the Homeless Council | Nashville, TN

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