Counseling supervision: A deliberate educational process

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
L. DiAnne Borders, Burlington Industries Excellence Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The counseling profession has long recognized the pivotal role of counseling supervision, in terms of both counselor training and client welfare, and has been a leading force in the professionalization of the practice of counseling supervision. Accreditation standards (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs [CACREP], 1994) and licensure regulations (Sutton, Nielsen, & Essex, 1998) include requirements for substantial amounts of supervised counseling experience. Increasingly, these requirements also are addressing the conduct of supervision and the qualifications of the supervisor. During the past 20 years or so, a substantial body of literature, both conceptual and empirical, has been published. This chapter summarizes this literature in the form of principles that underlie current beliefs about what counseling supervision is and how it should be conducted. The chapter primarily focuses on the conclusions and implications of current literature for practice as opposed to providing a methodological critique of it (for thorough critiques, see Ellis & Ladany, 1997; Ellis, Ladany, Krengel, & Scholt, 1996). Even so, no handbook chapter can give adequate attention to all aspects of a topic that could, and perhaps should, be included. That limitation certainly applies here in a summary that also necessarily reflects the author's own biases and experiences as a supervisee, supervisor, supervisor trainer, supervision researcher, and participant in the profession's efforts to recognize the power and potential of the supervision enterprise.

Additional Information

D. C. Locke, J. E. Myers, & E. L. Herr (Eds.), The handbook of counseling (pp. 417-432). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Language: English
Date: 2001
clients, counseling, counseling theories, counselors, racial identity, supervision, supervisors

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