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Supervision Theories

Clinical supervision is a process in which mental health professionals engage in a collaborative relationship with their supervisors and work to improve the skills essential to being competent, effective, and ethical practitioners. This process simultaneously serves to enhance professional functioning, monitor the quality of professional services, and serve as a gatekeeper to the profession. More specifically, clinical supervision helps to (a) ensure that clients receive acceptable care, (b) minimize harm by therapists, (c) confirm that therapists possess sufficient skills to function as therapists, and (d) engage those lacking therapeutic skills with the opportunity for remediation. First popularized in the 1920s, participation in clinical supervision is said to be positively correlated with increased clinical knowledge, improved clinical skills, an enhanced therapeutic alliance, and positive therapeutic ...

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