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ERIC Number: ED436691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 15
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Managing Sexual Attraction in Counseling: Training and Supervisory Implications.
Kapp, Lisa
Sexual activity in psychotherapeutic and supervisory relationships breaches counseling ethical standards, some state legal codes, and is perceived as unethical by a majority of mental health practitioners. Many therapists do experience sexual feelings for their clients and supervisees, and an alarming number act out these feelings with clients, supervisors, and counseling student supervisees. Although managing sexual feelings within counseling and supervisory relationships is a significant dilemma, many practitioners in the mental health field do not feel this issue is adequately addressed as part of their training. This paper examines the prevalence and effects of sexual feelings and intimacy within therapeutic dyads and explores ways that counseling programs can help students manage them through effective training and supervision. It states that by taking an active role to effectively teach counseling students, supervisors, and educators sexual responsibility, counseling training programs can help safeguard the ethical integrity of the counseling profession and protect clients from possible sexually-instilled damage that could filter through the supervisory situation. (Contains 17 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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