Towards best practice supervision of clinical psychology trainees

O'Donovan, Analise, Halford, W. Kim and Walters, Benjamin (2011) Towards best practice supervision of clinical psychology trainees. Australian Psychologist, 46 2: 101-112. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00033.x

Author O'Donovan, Analise
Halford, W. Kim
Walters, Benjamin
Title Towards best practice supervision of clinical psychology trainees
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00033.x
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 112
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Supervision of professional practice is mandated in the training of clinical psychologists and consensually agreed to be central in such training. Supervision is intended to serve three related, but somewhat conflicting, functions: (1) normative functions of monitoring and ensuring client well-being, and monitoring and evaluating supervisee competence; (2), restorative functions of supporting supervisee personal and professional well-being; and (3) formative functions of educating and guiding supervisee's professional practice. Research suggests supervision as currently practised can achieve the restorative—and to some extent, the formative—functions of supervision. However, current supervision practice has not been demonstrated to be effective in its normative functions. Recommendations on how to enhance supervision practice are described, which include systematic assessment of supervisee competence and client outcome and options for reconciling the normative function of supervision with the other functions.
Keyword Clinical training
Positive psychology
Psychotherapy process
Treatment feedback
Working alliance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: "Taking the Clinical Psychology Curriculum into the Next Decade".

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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