Boundaries are Necessary in Peer Supervision

1430 WordsFeb 25, 20186 Pages
Gottlieb, Robinson, and Younggren (2007) indicate that engaging in dual relationships may increase the chance of experiencing boundary violations, which is one reason that boundaries are important to set when entering into dual relationships. The authors make an important distinction between boundary crossings versus boundary violations, noting that boundary crossings are considered to be minor infractions compared to boundary violations. Also, boundary crossings often cannot be avoided and are not necessarily bad. However, the chance of having a boundary violation becomes more likely as the supervisory relationship becomes a more personal relationship and/or if the supervisor loses objectivity (Gottlieb et al., 2007). When such boundary violations occur, it is likely that the supervisory relationship has been disrupted and some form of harm or exploitation has occurred toward the supervisee, which must be addressed as soon as possible. I experienced being in multiple relationships during peer supervision, as I am both a peer supervisor, a colleague, and a friend with Kelly. In class, we discussed that dual relationships are often unavoidable, especially in an academic and training setting, and these relationships are not always bad as long as you manage them well. I feel like the dual relationships (i.e., peer supervisor and friend/colleague) that I experienced with Kelly were actually beneficial. As we socialized more together, it appeared that she felt more comfortable
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