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Towards Best Practice Supervision Of Clinical Psychology Trainees

A. O'Donovan, W. Halford, B. Walters
Published 2011 · Medicine

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Supervision of professional practice is mandated in the training of clinical psychologists and consensually agreed to be central in such training. Supervision is intended to serve three related, but somewhat conflicting, functions: (1) normative functions of monitoring and ensuring client well‐being, and monitoring and evaluating supervisee competence; (2), restorative functions of supporting supervisee personal and professional well‐being; and (3) formative functions of educating and guiding supervisee's professional practice. Research suggests supervision as currently practised can achieve the restorative—and to some extent, the formative—functions of supervision. However, current supervision practice has not been demonstrated to be effective in its normative functions. Recommendations on how to enhance supervision practice are described, which include systematic assessment of supervisee competence and client outcome and options for reconciling the normative function of supervision with the other functions.
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