Feedback Trouble: 1

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What is happening, or failing to happen, that is causing the trouble?

Although the trainee may be starting to advance in their department it is important to remember that you are still their supervisor and attending happy hour with colleagues and trainees can make for blurring a professional relationship.

The supervisor’s friendship has caused a multiple relationship; neither the supervisor nor the trainee are respecting boundaries
How might the supervisor go about improving this situation?

The supervisor should sit down the with trainee and discuss the professional and ethical expectations of supervision.

The supervisor can re-set the relationship by starting over, model good ethics by citing the ethics code and how the friendship violates it, and then going over boundaries and expected behavior during feedback sessions. Also explain consequences if the problem persists.