Susanne supervises Jim at the agency. They listen to an audiotape of Jim’s session with an exhausted mother of a willful 5-year old girl. The mother describes with frustration and helplessness how her daughter refuses to listen to her, especially when she calls her in from playing in the yard. Susanne nods approvingly when she hears Jim tell the mother that she needs to assert her parental authority. Her approval quickly turns to alarm when she hears Jim and the mother plan to lock the child out of the house for an extended period of time to “teacher her a lesson” and help her become more compliant.
JOURNAL: How would you handle this? What questions would you ask? Does this qualify as child abuse? What are your responsibilities as a supervisor?