Title

The Impact of Sexual Boundary Violations in Supervision and Therapy: A Qualitative Study of a Trainee's First-Hand Account

Author

Emily Buoen

Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Keywords

Sexual harassment; Case study; Qualitative Research; Behavior/CBT; Social performance theory; Training; Professional development; Supervision; Multiple relationships; Attraction; Boundary violation; Psychotherapy

Abstract

This study involves a qualitative analysis of a doctoral-level psychology trainee's first-hand account of sexual attraction and boundary violations that occurred in her clinical supervision and psychotherapy. Concepts of power, gender, social performance theory, and relational framing are applied to two case examples, illustrating the differing demands on a trainee when her relationships were sexualized in two distinct professional contexts. Ramifications of supervisory exploitation and the impact of such an experience on a trainee's professional development are discussed. Recommendations are provided for improving psychology training programs' prevention and response efforts.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

Paper Method

Empirical - Qualitative

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