Practitioners' perspectives on how supervision training has impacted their practice

Els van Ooijen*, Lesley Spencer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aim: This study investigated the perceived impact on practitioners of undertaking a postgraduate diploma in consultative supervision. 

Method: Fourteen students, undertaking a postgraduate course in supervision, consented to having six 'end-of-teaching unit' reflections analysed anonymously, using thematic content analysis (Burnard, Gill, Stewart, Treasure & Chadwick, 2008). 

Conclusions: The results showed that supervision training prompted experienced counsellors and psychotherapists to reflect on their development, with perceived positive effects on their supervision and therapy practice. Participants also reported an increased awareness of organisational context and the impact of differences between culture, gender and class (Lago, 2006). Further research is required to ascertain whether these results pertain to different types of supervision training.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCounselling and Psychotherapy Research
Early online date24 Jun 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jun 2017


  • Qualitative research methods
  • Supervision development
  • Supervision training


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