Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 127–136 | Cite as

Perceptions of primary family therapy supervisory techniques: A critical incident analysis

  • Joseph L. Wetchler
  • Kathryn A. Vaughn


This study surveyed a randomly selected group of Approved Supervisors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (n=275) and their supervisees (n=266) on their perceptions of the primary supervisory technique used in supervisory incidents that had a positive effect on supervisee development. Individual case consultation was the technique most often identified by both supervisors and supervisees.


Health Psychology Social Issue Individual Case American Association Family Therapy 
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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph L. Wetchler
    • 1
  • Kathryn A. Vaughn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesPurdue University CalumetHammond
  2. 2.Purdue University CalumetUSA

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