Agreement and Discrepancy Between Supervisor and Clinician Alliance: Associations with Clinicians’ Perceptions of Psychological Climate and Emotional Exhaustion
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Despite increasing interest in supervision as a leverage point for bolstering public mental health services, the potential influence of supervisory alliance on organizations and direct service providers remains understudied, particularly in the context of supporting evidence-based treatment (EBT) use. This study examined agreement and discrepancy between supervisor and clinician ratings of alliance associated with clinicians’ perceptions of psychological climate and emotional exhaustion. Results indicated that discrepancies in alliance ratings were common and associated with clinicians’ perceptions of psychological climate. These findings have important implications for collaboration among supervisors and clinicians within a community mental health organizational context and the provision of EBTs.
KeywordsSupervisor alliance Clinician alliance Psychological climate Emotional exhaustion
We also are grateful for the support and collaboration from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and participating mental health organizations across Washington State.
Funding for this study was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH095749; Dorsey, PI). Additionally, the preparation of this article was supported in part by NIMH K01MH100199 awarded to the first author.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
The University of Washington Institutional Review Board approved this study. All procedures performed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the University of Washington Institutional Review Board.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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