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Beyond Reproach: Relationship Boundaries in Counselor Education
Rachel A. Jordan and Leslie A. McCulloch
Counselor educators hold a great deal of power over graduate students and their academic success. The wielding of this power through decisions made by educators can impact the lives of students immensely. These decisions include, but are not limited to: admission to graduate school programs, matriculation into graduate school programs, grading, academic retainment, research and writing opportunities, internship opportunities, job opportunities, professional recommendations, and professional success after graduate school. This power differential between educators and students commands counselor educators to maintain professional relationships with students. Professional relationship lines may be blurred, however, with graduate-level adult students. This article examines: (1) professional ethical codes for student-counselor educator relationships, (2) state and federal implications relevant to student- counselor educator relationships, and (3) specific ways in which the breach of studentcounselor educator relationship boundaries hurts students, faculty, programs, institutions, and the field.