Clinical Supervision of Mental Health Professionals Serving Youth: Format and Microskills
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Clinical supervision is an element of quality assurance in routine mental health care settings serving children; however, there is limited scientific evaluation of its components. This study examines the format and microskills of routine supervision. Supervisors (n = 13) and supervisees (n = 20) reported on 100 supervision sessions, and trained coders completed observational coding on a subset of recorded sessions (n = 57). Results indicate that microskills shown to enhance supervisee competency in effectiveness trials and experiments were largely absent from routine supervision, highlighting potential missed opportunities to impart knowledge to therapists. Findings suggest areas for quality improvement within routine care settings.
KeywordsClinical supervision Child mental health services Evidence-based practice
This study was funded by the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin in a small grants award to Sarah Kate Bearman.
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Abby Bailin, Sarah Kate Bearman, and Rafaella Sale declares that they no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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