Career counsellors as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners: What is the place of supervision?

McMahon, Mary (2004). Career counsellors as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners: What is the place of supervision?. In Hazel Reid and Jenny Bimrose (Ed.), Constructing the future: Reflection on practice 3rd ed. (pp. 55-68) Stourbridge, England: Institute of Career Guidance.


Author McMahon, Mary
Title of chapter Career counsellors as reflective practitioners and lifelong learners: What is the place of supervision?
Title of book Constructing the future: Reflection on practice
Place of Publication Stourbridge, England
Publisher Institute of Career Guidance
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Other
Edition 3rd
ISBN 0 9030 76268
Editor Hazel Reid
Jenny Bimrose
Chapter number 5
Start page 55
End page 68
Total pages 14
Total chapters 8
Language eng
Subjects 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Historically, perhaps because of its matching process traditions, career counselling has tended to be viewed more simplistically than other fields of counselling. More recently, the complexity of career counselling has been acknowledged and its close relationship with personal counselling examined. However unlike personal counselling, career counselling has not to date developed a supervision culture as evidenced by a dearth of empirical and conceptual literature about the supervision of career counsellors. A recent Australian study revealed that supervision is not widely practised by career counsellors and that there are varying levels of understanding about and commitment to it.

There is some evidence of increased levels of interest in the supervision of career counsellors with the emergence of a small literature on the topic. As this interest develops, career counselling is well placed to learn from the experiences of other professions in relation to supervision as well as take into account recent critical comment on supervision.

This chapter will discuss supervision in the context of reflective practice and lifelong learning. In so doing, it will discuss the findings of a recent Australian study into the supervision of career counsellors. In addition, issues about supervision that face the profession will be raised and suggestions about the possible content and process of supervision will be presented.
Keyword Career counsellors
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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