The Group Supervision Model in Cognitive Therapy Training

  • Anna Rose Childress
  • David D. Burns


In the spring of 1980, several beginning therapists—psychiatry residents and psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania—attended a series of introductory seminars in cognitive therapy presented by the second author. Because several of the novice therapists were excited by their initial exposure to cognitive therapy, ongoing group case supervision was arranged. The decision to meet as a group had pragmatic origins: Dr. Burns could not offer individual supervision to all those who wished it. In retrospect this limitation was fortunate. We rapidly discovered, to the delight of both students and supervisor, that group supervision and cognitive therapy techniques were natural complements for each other; the mode of supervision actually facilitated the teaching and learning process and produced an experience that was unexpectedly rich. In this chapter, we present the group supervision model we used, discussing its particular—and often unique—advantages for the therapist-in-training, the supervisor, and the patient.


Cognitive Therapy Cognitive Distortion Automatic Thought Cognitive Therapy Process Group Supervision 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Rose Childress
    • 1
  • David D. Burns
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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