Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Cal D. Stoltenberg
The supervision of counselor and psychotherapist supervisees is one of the most important processes in training individuals to become practicing counseling psychologists. Supervision is the process by which a more experienced professional provides oversight, guidance, and consultation to one or more less experienced professionals (junior colleagues) or to one or more trainees aspiring to enter the profession (students). The primary function of this relationship, which extends over time (usually months, sometimes years), is to ensure that quality services are provided by the supervisee. A secondary, but very important, function is to enhance the professional development of the trainee. These goals are accomplished through the development of a facilitative relationship between the supervisor and supervisee that includes components of evaluation, teaching and learning, counseling and support, and consultation. Supervisors are typically associated with the same agency or training program as their supervisees. They are responsible for ensuring that quality services are ...