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Supervision

Marriage and family therapists (MFT) in training, including those in master’s or doctoral level programs and those with degrees who are working toward licensure, are required to obtain clinical supervision during their training period. Additionally, it is good practice for clinicians to seek consultation through supervision. Clinical supervision is provided by an experienced therapist, usually with an MFT license or equivalent. The supervisory relationship consists of oversight, teaching, and mentoring for a prolonged period of time. The time frame varies depending on the guidelines of the degree program or the state or province and country in which the therapist-in-training resides. This entry reviews the supervisor’s training requirements, purpose of supervision, supervisory relationship, suggested formats, and common issues focused on in supervision for marriage and family ...

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