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Nonprofessional relationships with students should be time limited and/or context specific and initiated with student consent. Zur's comments: The code seems reasonable when it states in F.10.a.
"Counselor educators are prohibited from sexual or romantic interactions or relationships with students currently enrolled in a counseling or related program over whom they have power and authority." The code seems to realize that some students may be in the program but in different geographical locations than the teacher or in a different part of the program.
Supervisors, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with supervisees that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation.
Examples of such relationships include, but are not limited to, business or close personal relationships with supervisees or the supervisee’s immediate family.
Counselor educators discuss with students the rationale for such interactions, the potential benefits and drawbacks, and the anticipated consequences for the student.
Educators clarify the specific nature and limitations of the additional role(s) they will have with the student prior to engaging in a nonprofessional relationship.
Trainees are allowed to fulfill the therapy or analysis requirement with therapists or analysts from outside the institutes in order to avoid the dual roles of clients and students.
As noted below, most professional associations' code of ethics state that therapists-teacher dual roles are unethical.
In earlier years of psychoanalytic training, it was not unusual for students who needed to fulfill the program's requirement to be in analysis with a faculty member, who was also an instructor at the institute.If they believe that a nonprofessional relationship with a student may be potentially beneficial to the student, they take precautions similar to those taken by counselors when working with clients.Examples of potentially beneficial interactions or relationships include, but are not limited to, attending a formal ceremony; conducting hospital visits; providing support during a stressful event; or maintaining mutual membership in a professional association, organization, or community.When the risk of impairment or exploitation exists due to conditions or multiple roles, therapists take appropriate precautions. Marriage and family therapists do not provide therapy to current students or supervisees.4.3 Sexual Intimacy with Students or Supervisees Marriage and family therapists do not engage in sexual intimacy with students or supervisees during the evaluative or training relationship between the therapist and student or supervisee.
Therapists, therefore, make every effort to avoid conditions and multiple relationships with clients that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of exploitation.