Psychotherapy Supervision and the Development of the Psychotherapist

Molyn Leszcz

in On Becoming a Psychotherapist

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736393
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894574 | DOI:
Psychotherapy Supervision and the Development of the Psychotherapist

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Supervision of psychotherapy is one of the central shaping influences in the development of the therapist. This chapter describes the challenges and opportunities psychotherapy supervision must engage in order to contribute maximally to the development of the psychotherapy trainee. Contemporary models of supervision are reviewed along with an elaboration of key guiding principles, notably the establishment of the educational alliance and that throughout, supervision aims to transmit the core values of the field. Key objectives of supervision include the trainee’s acquisition of reflective capacity and the informed, disciplined use of self. Supervision variable that contribute to positive and negative outcomes are detailed as will the impact of supervision on clinical outcomes. Recommendations regarding training and development of supervisors conclude the chapter.

Keywords: psychotherapy; supervision; training; development; alliance; clinical outcomes

Chapter.  13336 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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