Are they really the same? Supervisor and student responses at termination

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Abstract

This study compares the responses of field supervisors to the termination of their relationships with student interns with the responses of student interns to the termination of their relationships with clients. The findings do not support the view that the terminations of the supervisor-student relationship and the student-client relationship are largely similar processes. While similar proportions of supervisors and students reported having difficulties with the terminations, most of their concerns and feelings differed. The supervisors' main concern was with the quality of their own performance, the students' with the prematurity of termination. The supervisors were much more prone to feel satisfaction and pride, while the students were much more prone to feel guilt about leaving their clients. Practical suggestions are offered for helping each group deal with the difficulties they experience at termination. Copyright of Arete is the property of Arete and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)58-74
JournalArete
Volume30
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2006

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