Title

Supervisor Self-disclosure: Supervisees' Experiences and Perspectives

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

6 p.

Publication Date

12-2011

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Psychotherapy

Source ISSN

0033-3204

Abstract

Twelve graduate-level supervisees were interviewed regarding their experiences of supervisor self-disclosure (SRSD); data were analyzed using consensual qualitative research. When describing a specific SRSD experience, supervisees reported a range of antecedents (e.g., difficult clinical situation, self-doubt, tension in supervision relationship) followed by supervisor disclosures about clinical experiences or personal information. Supervisees perceived that their supervisors disclosed primarily to normalize, but also to build rapport and to instruct. The SRSDs had mostly positive effects (e.g., normalization), though some negative effects (e.g., deleterious impact on supervision relationship) were reported. Implications of these findings for supervision, training, and research are addressed.

Comments

Psychotherapy, Vol. 48, No. 4 (December 2011): 336-341. DOI.

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