Perceptions of the supervisory relationship : recovering and non-recovering substance abuse counselors

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John R. Culbreth (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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L. DiAnne Borders

Abstract: Recovering substance abuse counselors are a unique aspect of the counseling profession; one which creates a challenge for setting professional development agendas. An examination of the literature reveals a lack of empirical studies about clinical supervision of substance abuse counselors. The unique set of dynamics found in the substance abuse field (i.e., recovering and non-recovering counselors and supervisors) calls for a separate examination of the supervisory relationship within the context of substance abuse counseling supervision. In this study, differences in counselors' perceptions of the supervisory relationship based upon counselor and supervisor recovery status and the match or mismatch of counselor and supervisor recovery status were examined. Substance abuse counselors (N = 547) working for the public mental health system of North Car0lina were surveyed to determine their levels of satisfaction with supervision and their perceptions of the supervisory relationship using the Supervisory Styles Inventory, Supervisor Rating Form-Short, Working Alliance Inventory, and Sarrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory. The sample represented 66%, of the total population, with 34.2% of the sample consisting of recovering substance abuse counselors.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Substance abuse $x Patients $x Counseling of
Counselors $x Supervision of

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