Utilizing Supervision for Supporting Home-Based Family Therapy Module

Module Sections:

Common Factors: Supervisory Roles

The resulting matrix incorporates all three continua illustrating the varying types of supervision provided throughout the supervision process.

Figure 1 - Supervisory Roles (Morgan and Sprenkle (2007))Figure 1 - Supervisory Roles (Morgan and Sprenkle (2007))

The supervisor provides differing types of roles to match the developmental level of the therapist as well as to address a range of supervisory or therapeutic issues. Each role suggests adjustments to the supervisor's approach, level of involvement, focus of supervision, and nature of the supervisor-supervisee relationship. Examples of supervisor roles include:

  • Coach – The supervisor focuses on addressing specific clinical issues within a particular case or specific supervisory moment.
  • Teacher – The supervisor focuses on knowledge development and conceptualizing broad clinical issues.
  • Mentor – The supervisor facilitates the therapist's professional development addressing specific therapeutic interactions, self-of-therapist issues, and the supervisory relationship.
  • Administrator – The supervisor attends to the therapist's development of broad ethical, legal, and other professional standards of care.

- Note a time when your supervisor has provided varying types of supervision:

  • Coach
  • Teacher
  • Mentor
  • Administrator

Audio Companion: Utilizing Supervision