Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Group Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Megan J. MurphyEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_646

Name of Concept

Group Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy


Group supervision is one format used in training or consultation by marriage and family therapists. Within group supervision, typical modalities may be used, including live, video, or case consultation. In addition, after one becomes licensed in the field, peer group supervision may be used as a way to received feedback about cases from other licensed professionals.

Theoretical Context for Concept

For many years, the training approach for marriage and family therapists was individual supervision, which was based on a mentoring or tutoring relationship between supervisor and supervisee (Allen 1976). Although there are certainly benefits to individual supervision, including increased attention to a trainee’s cases, the ability to learn from an expert in the field, and being able to work through self-of-therapist issues with a supervisor, there were also drawbacks from this approach that led to the use of group...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue University NorthwestHammondUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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