Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Supervising Legal Issues in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Lynn GilmanEmail author
  • Amy Hollimon
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_645

Name of Concept

Supervising legal issues in couple and family therapy.

Introduction

Bernard and Goodyear (2014) describe supervision of therapy as a “signature pedagogy” in the preparation of all mental health professionals. The supervisory process of a more advanced practitioner supervising a novice in training or an unlicensed postgraduate supervisee facilitates the development of the competencies necessary to practice independently. Becoming a therapist is a complex learning activity in which the welfare of real clients must be protected while simultaneously allowing for the experiential learning of the unlicensed supervisee. Mental health providers work in a self-regulated industry wherein supervision provides a measure of consumer protection that is augmented by educational program accreditation, state regulatory and licensure boards, and professional credentialing organizations (Wheeler and Bertram 2015; Wilcoxon et al. 2013).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Functional Family Therapy, LLC and Private PracticeFairhopeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA