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