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The American University Counseling Center training programs view supervision as a means for trainees to learn how to assess and intervene with clients, and to recognize, understand and manage their personal reactions to those under their care. We believe that the therapist’s response to the client “in the room” can be an important vehicle for understanding and helping the client. As such, an integral part of supervision is exploration of such issues. In accordance with the APA ethics code, section 7.4, it is important for the trainees to be informed that they will be expected to explore and reflect upon their feelings and reactions to clients. In the process of this self-reflection, personal information about the trainee may be addressed. The staff believes that the decision as to how much or how little to share is a choice that needs to be made by the trainee. Supervision is never viewed as psychotherapy.
Also in accordance with APA ethics code, section 7.5, it is important for trainees to be aware that the due process procedures for our training programs indicate that the staff may require trainees to obtain psychotherapy in those cases in which a trainee is deemed impaired.