Clinical supervision in four mental health professions : a review of the evidence

Spence, Susan H., Wilson, Jill, Kavanagh, David J., Strong, Jenny, & Worrall, Linda (2001) Clinical supervision in four mental health professions : a review of the evidence. Behaviour Change, 18(3), pp. 135-155.

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Examines a range of theoretical issues and the empirical evidence relating to clinical supervision in 4 mental health professions: clinical psychology, occupational therapy, social work, and speech pathology. There is widespread acceptance of the value of supervision among practitioners and a large quantity of literature on the topic, but there is very little empirical evidence in this area. To date, there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate which styles of supervision are most beneficial for particular types of staff, in terms of their level of experience or learning style. The data suggest that directive forms of supervision, rather than unstructured approaches, are preferred by relatively inexperienced practitioners, and that experienced clinicians also value direct supervision methods when learning new skills or dealing with complex or crisis situations. The available evidence suggests that supervisors typically receive little training in supervision methods. However, there is little information to guide us as to the most effective ways of training supervisors. While acknowledging the urgent need for research, this paper concludes that supervision is likely to form a valuable component of professional development for mental health professionals.

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ID Code: 29180
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Clinical supervision, Clinical psychology, Occupational therapy, Social work, Speech pathology, Mental health professions, Supervision methods, Training
DOI: 10.1375/bech.18.3.135
ISSN: 0813-4839
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2009 00:59
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:34

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