Utilizing Supervision for Supporting Home-Based Family Therapy Module

Module Sections:

Clinical Models

Supervision approaches based on principles from specific clinical models were originally developed by those with no formal supervision training. Early in the development of clinical supervision, supervisors tended to focus on the work of therapy as a guiding framework for providing supervision. Supervisors used their own predominant therapy model to inform their understanding of change processes and the interventions necessary for assisting clients to bring about those changes.

Examples of clinical models used in supervision include:

  • Bowen's transgenerational
  • Structural-strategic
  • Narrative

The main concepts of the clinical model would inform the supervision process and examination of the therapist's clinical work. For example, a Bowenian supervisor would explore possible connections between a therapist's role in his/her family of origin with a role demonstrated while working with a client system. The transgenerational frame would guide the types of questions asked of the supervisee that would facilitate a search for triangles, levels of differentiation, and the presence of chronic anxiety occurring throughout the processes of therapy and supervision.

Journal
- How does your specific model(s) of supervision influence your expectations from supervision?
- How does your specific model(s) of supervision influence your engagement in supervision?

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