Achieving effective supervision

Kavanagh, D. J., Spence, S. H., Wilson, J. and Crow, N. (2002) Achieving effective supervision. Drug and Alcohol Review, 21 3: 247-252. doi:10.1080/0959523021000002705

Author Kavanagh, D. J.
Spence, S. H.
Wilson, J.
Crow, N.
Title Achieving effective supervision
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0959523021000002705
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 247
End page 252
Total pages 6
Editor John Barrington Saunders
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
730211 Mental health
Abstract Super vision probably does have benefits both for the maintenance and improvement of clinical skills and for job satisfaction, but the data are very thin and almost non-existent in the area of alcohol and other drugs services. Because of the potential complexity of objectives and roles in super vision, a structured agreement appears to be an important part of the effective supervision relationship. Because sessions can degenerate easily into unstructured socialization, agendas and session objectives may also be important. While a working alliance based on mutual respect and trust is an essential base for the supervision relationship, procedures for direct observation of clinical skills, demonstration of new procedures and skills practice with detailed feedback appear critical to super vision's impact on practice. To ensure effective super vision, there needs not only to be a minimum of personnel and resources, but also a compatibility with the values and procedures of management and staff, access to supervision training and consultation and sufficient incentives to ensure it continues.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Supervisor Training
Clinical Supervision
Working Alliance
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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