A student in a professional training environment becomes attracted to an employee counselor at one of the practicum sites to which they have been assigned. Later, due to a routine staffing reassignment, the counselor is asked to assume the role of practicum supervisor for the student. What are the student and counselor obligated to do according to the APA Ethics Code?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 25, 2018, 9:55 am ad1c9bdddf
According to the APA ethical standards, specifically standards 3 and 7, licensed professionals have an ethical obligation to refrain from relationships with students. Being involved with a student (or client) can impair judgment in care thus resulting in ultimate harm. Dual Relationships according to the APA are also referred to as "multiple relationships".
7.06 Assessing Student and Supervisee Performance
(a) In academic and supervisory relationships, psychologists establish a timely and specific process for providing feedback to students and supervisees. Information regarding the process is provided to the student at the beginning of supervision.
(b) Psychologists evaluate students and supervisees on the ...
The APA has strict guidelines regarding the ethics of dual, or multiple, relationships involving student-mentor roles and relationships. These standards of care and treatment are integral components of a healthy relationship and thus the treatment of clients.
Romance and Ethics in Counselling
Consider the following scenario: A 40-year old therapist becomes attracted to a 38-year old client and soon realizes that the feelings are mutual. They discuss the situation and mutually agree to terminate therapy and to begin dating. They eventually get married.
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