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II. ETHICAL ISSUES

STUDENT THERAPY

The choice to seek therapy or not is completely up to the individual student, and students should not feel pressured either way about participating in therapy during their graduate training. If you are interested in therapy, the faculty would like to be helpful in finding appropriate therapists, but we cannot guarantee it. Your program’s director, assistant director, director of the psychological clinic, or practicum director can direct you to some faculty who are willing to help you in this process. The faculty will serve as confidential contacts and have good knowledge of therapists in many geographical areas and orientations. Feel free to discuss what you would like with any of them. Keep in mind that the search for a good match in a therapist is part of what clients must go through, and it is another valuable lesson in your training. Many people are frustrated in this search. Beyond time, insurance and money considerations, finding a good match of personality, orientation and style in a therapist is an important task that will require some patience on your part. It is a firm GSAPP policy that current GSAPP faculty members (core, visiting, contributing, or joint appointment faculty who are teaching for GSAPP) are precluded from becoming a psychotherapist for any GSAPP student, regardless of the student's programmatic affiliation.

This policy does not exclude students from becoming involved in a psychotherapeutic relationship once they have graduated from GSAPP. Field supervisors are exempted from this procedure because it would eliminate a valuable resource for current students. If an entering student has already established a therapeutic relationship prior to the student's admission, it is expected that the therapist and student will manage that relationship using the best professional judgment.