Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Supervisor-Supervisee Relationship in Couple and Family Therapy Supervision

  • Hee-Sun CheonEmail author
  • Claudia Grauf-Grounds
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_654


Supervisor-supervisee working alliance


Clinical supervision is crucial in the development and maintenance of effective and skilled couple and family therapists, and the literature has paid much attention to the supervisor-supervisee relationship as the most critical element in supervision. Supervisor-supervisee relationship refers to the quality and nature of the interaction and its process between supervisor and supervisee in helping the supervisee gain the core skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to be a responsible and effective therapist. Although the literature lacks consensus on how to define the scope and content of supervision, the supervisory relationship remains central (Storm et al. 2003). Supervisors are called to focus more on how to develop effective supervisory relationships and to acknowledge the uniqueness of the supervisor-supervisee as both professional and clinically connected contexts (White and Russell 1995).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seattle Pacific UniversitySeattleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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