She will bring home every strain of every airborne disease within a 25-mile radius. If you decide to take her anywhere directly after work, just know that it will seem to others as if you are escorting around a cardigan-wearing, homeless witch with unexplainable stray marker/pen marks from wrist to elbow. Teacher-student relationships differ from those between therapist and patient because of the collegiality considered important for the student’s development.And yet, despite this closeness and sharing, the teacher does remain a teacher and the student a student.The teacher maintains certain evaluative responsibilities and the student continues to be dependent on the mentor’s guidance and approval. Such relationships include those between teacher and student, especially those involving research or clinical supervision. This article has been reproduced with permission from The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 19, p. Copyright © 1993 Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. Increasing concern about therapist-patient sex has led to a consideration of boundaries in all trust-based relationships, which always include elements of power and dependency.The student experiences an acceptance of ideas and contributions that may be unequalled in previous life experience.It has been shown that “graduate student relations with members of the faculty is regarded by most graduate students as the most important aspect of the quality of their graduate experience.”1 The mentor may experience, through the student, the closest one may feel to a professional immortality — a feeling that the baton is being passed to someone worthy and that one’s work will live on, not only on the yellowing pages of a journal somewhere in the stacks of a library, but in the mind and work of someone younger, more energetic, and equally committed to the task to which one’s professional life has been so fully devoted.
Earlier versions of this paper were presented at Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, in August 1992 and at the annual meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March 1993.PEGPS stands for Pre End-of-Grading-Period Syndrome, the period of time before grades are due for report cards.Like PMS, PEGPS is characterized by extreme irritability, poor nutritional choices, and zombie-like fatigue. D is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Assistant Dean for Student and Minority Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Plaut is also the Editor of the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy (1996-2001) and is the Former Chair of the Maryland Task Force to Study Health Professional-Client Sexual Exploitation.Yet, both share the objective of fostering independence of the “client.” Therefore, teachers need to find a balance of nurturance and separateness in their relationships with their students, so that the students can carry that modeling into their own careers.