Multiple Role Relationships During Internship: Consequences and Recommendations

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Abstract

Although the American Psychological Association's (1992)Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct mandates that most types of multiple or dual relationships be avoided, such relationships have been found to be quite prevalent (Glaser & Thorpe, 1986; Pope, Levenson, & Schover, 1979; Pope, Tabachnick, & Keith-Spiegel, 1987). This article examines a variety of dual role relationships that occur specifically during the internship year between interns and staff members or supervisors. A variety of such multiple roles are explored including sexual, social, therapy, and business relationships. In addition, the impact of these relationships on the individuals involved, others in the agency, the agency itself, and the profession are considered. Recommendations regarding these issues are also provided for internship training sites.

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