Live Supervision

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    • 00:07

      [Live Supervision]

    • 00:17

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: Supervision has traditionallyrelied on self-report by the supervisees.Supervisees come in, present their cases,describe what they did. [Dr. Rod Goodyear, Professor, Universityof Redlands] The field is moving toward whatI consider best practices, which is that we actually see

    • 00:37

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: what our supervisees are doing.Live supervision is yet another modalitythat gives you behavior, but you're right therein the moment.And you therefore not only are able to observe what'shappening, but you can shape what's happening,and I think that's particularly interesting.

    • 00:58

      WHITNEY: So Sean, what would you like to work on today?

    • 01:01

      SEAN: A couple of days ago I was hereand I saw that for me really to get the job that I wantin school counseling at the districtI want, put in an extra year of schoolgetting my single subject credentials.

    • 01:16

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: It's interestingthat we're able now to do remote technologies.I think more traditionally it's been through one-way glass,so you're physically present from room to room.Watching, and bug in the ear, you'regiving directives through a microphone of some sort.

    • 01:36

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: What we did today has been calledkind of jokingly the bug in the eye techniquebecause it extends that in terms of visual.So the supervisee gets directives or informationon a screen.And it seemed to be less intrusive.

    • 01:50

      SEAN: I guess I'm worried about howthat plays with my girlfriend because she's supporting meright now.

    • 01:59

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: The use of the computer screen, I think,is less intrusive.The supervisee can see it but it's notgoing to disrupt the flow.And there's also, I think, a necessary conditionthat the supervisor and supervisee havean agreement that the supervisee can disregard

    • 02:21

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: what comes up on the screen.That otherwise it could be quite disruptive.So if you're the counselor and you have a particular directionand the supervisor throws in somethingthat changes the direction entirelyand you're not sure what the heck that means,it's really important you have license to ignorethat if it's necessary.

    • 02:43

      WHITNEY: You've talked about anxiety and scared,and now it's more about guilt towards it.So what do you think of that?

    • 02:53

      SEAN: I don't know, I feel my heart racing even now justtalking about it.I'm really down on myself about me being in this place.

    • 03:05

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: In today's example,I prevailed upon a student who's actually quite new.Whitney, the counselor, was a beginning student,and yet she's already mastered manyof the basic skills which is why I trust her to bein the session by herself.And then Sean, who was a volunteerto come in as a client today.

    • 03:26

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: So with Whitney, she had enough of the basic skillsthat I could trust her to be in the sessionand, given the very short directives,I knew that she had enough to move it forward.So that an assumption in this modelis that the person already has the basic skills,they just might not know how to use them in that moment.

    • 03:47

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: And so that the supervisor's roleis to suggest things to pay attention to and thenways to use particular skills they have.

    • 03:56

      WHITNEY: So it sounds like both of youwould be actually very content and OK.Kind of want the same thing and that's this three year pact.But at the same time, you just have that voice in your head,and it sounds like--

    • 04:08

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: Typically it's only one directiveevery two or three minutes.It's not a constant barrage of things to the supervisee.The other thing is that the directivesneed to be fairly short-- usually seven to nine wordsmax-- because it's showing up on the screenand the supervisee can't be taking timeto read whole paragraphs while they're working with a client.

    • 04:31

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: They need to be able to direct their attention brieflyand come back, so it needs to be a fairly quick and shortdirective.

    • 04:41

      SEAN: Everything's OK.I mean, the fact that school's at night and she works duringthe day, so we're--

    • 04:47

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: Supervision can allow a superviseeto take on things that are reallya little bit beyond their level of competence,but the supervisor's there with them.I think, especially with live supervision,if something goes awry, if it's live supervisionthrough one-way glass, the supervisor

    • 05:08

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: can rush in to the room.But at the very least, even if it's distance supervision,the supervisor's there to give assistance through instruction,and so on.So I think there's a supportive function that'savailable in this kind of supervisionas well as an instructive one.

    • 05:26

      SEAN: With maybe a lack of experiencethat the counselor may have had, to have a supervisor there,real time, looking and offering informationprovided me some more security sothat I was able to go deeper more comfortably.If you, as a client, are willing to be in that space of helping

    • 05:51

      SEAN [continued]: a new counselor develop a skill set,then this is as valid as any other supervisory technique.

    • 05:60

      WHITNEY: It's a good education techniqueand it's a good learning skill because you're not justthrown out there.You have a supervisor behind you, supporting you,and it just makes you feel more comfortablethat if you were to get stuck or notknow where to go with something, your supervisor's right thereto let you know.

    • 06:19

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR: Therapists in practicetend not to get consistent feedback on their skills.The sources of feedback just aren't reliablythere from our clients.So I think there's some real values in thisin terms of developing expertise, that aren't afforded

    • 06:39

      DR. ROD GOODYEAR [continued]: by other kinds of supervision.

Live Supervision

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Abstract

This film examines the use of live supervision in the clinical setting. Therapist Rod Goodyear explains the benefits live supervision has for students and helping them build on their counseling skills.

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Live Supervision

This film examines the use of live supervision in the clinical setting. Therapist Rod Goodyear explains the benefits live supervision has for students and helping them build on their counseling skills.

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