Purpose of supervision

The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) (1993) explains that the supervisory role of counseling supervisors includes:

  • ensuring that practices support client welfare
  • promoting ethical, legal and professional standard  compliance
  • observing and critiquing professional practice and professional development
  • evaluating professional performance and  potential

A good supervisor:

  • Is committed to supporting the well-being of  clients. 
  • Has the appropriate academic preparation and professional experience.
  •  Is committed to promoting positive relationships and supporting the development of supervisees. 
  • Understands and adheres to professional ethical codes and  mandates. 
  • Is empathic, genuine, and willing to give praise and critical feedback.  
  • Is flexible.  Is willing to actively engage in  self-reflection. 
  • Has a good sense of  humor!

Expectations for Supervisee

  • Work  diligently to provide ethical and effective counseling  services!
  • Come to supervision prepared and ready to engage!
  • Provide opportunities for observation of  professional practice (live  or taped).
  • Intentionally reflect upon the therapeutic skills he/she hopes to develop and/or enhance through supervision
  • Actively work with supervisor to develop goals for supervision and professional development
  • Be open-minded.
  • Bring a willingness to reflect upon personal feelings, characteristics and professional competence.
  • Work  actively  to minimize personal resistance.
  • Work  collaboratively  with supervisor to critically evaluate  supervision experience


Supervision of Counseling students and interns. (n.d). https://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/hace/Counselor/upload/SupervisionTheoryPractice.pdf