Applying the Therapist-Supervisor Vignette
Consider each of the dimensions from the grid on the previous page and how Janette and her supervisor Susan are managing them.
Supervisor factors: Susan recognized the change in the supervision experience and assessed that Janette may have been experiencing additional stress from a situation outside of her control (agency policy change). She provided the opportunity for Janette to discuss this frustration before moving back to the clinical case. Susan was empathic and helped Janette process the additional stressors.
Supervisee Factors: Although client resistance was familiar to Janette, she recognized her frustration was greater and sought supervision. Janette was able to accept Susan's challenge that something else may be impacting her work and engage in the discussion.
Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship Factors: A trusting and respectful relationship was evident in how Janette and Susan processed both the client stressors and the agency stressors. Susan raised the additional issue and Janette was willing to address it within this relationship.
Supervisory Interaction Factors: Both women shared their frustration about change and were able to move forward from it. They were able to discuss how each of them experienced role changes and how it could be impacting the clinical work. This provided the foundation to return to a more positive case consultation process.
Contextual Factors: In the brief description, the reader has the impression that Susan was able to manage the tension her role as an administrator (supporting agency administrative policy) and her role as a clinical supervisor (recognizing the therapist's stress and supporting her).