ERIC Number: ED338981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Intimacy in Training and Practice: Setting Limits for Counselors, Psychologists and Educators.
The September 1988 newsletter of Commission VII (Counseling and Psychological Services) of the American College Personnel Association contained a survey addressing the issues of sexual intimacy in the training and practice of counselors, psychologists and educators. Approximately 800 surveys were mailed to the commission members. Participation in the survey was voluntary and anonymous. A total of 75 questionnaires were returned from 30 states. The most useful information from this survey is that which suggests a lack of awareness and training in some specific areas. One cause for concern is the number of therapists and clients who believe that social relationships during therapy or after termination are acceptable. The second major concern is the lack of training reported concerning dual relationships and erotic transference and countertransference. Finally, it appears that there is still much uncertainty concerning the propriety of social and romantic relationships between educators and students and supervisors and supervisees. This is disturbing due to reports that such relationships are harmful to the students and may even model future inappropriate sexual behavior with clients or students. Although the data resulting from the current survey are limited due to the low return rate, the comments of the respondents should be cause for reflection on the training and examples of behavior that are provided in college and university counseling centers. Thirty references, 10 graphs, and the survey form are provided. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American College Personnel Association; Dual Relationships
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College Student Personnel Association (Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).