Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Live Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Florencia Lebensohn-ChialvoEmail author
  • Anya Kogan
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_639


Live supervision refers to a supervisee’s receiving supervision from behind a one-way mirror or through a live feed on a monitor located in a different locale. Live supervision can also involve a number of additional components (e.g., presession meetings, phone calls into the session, use of “bug-in-the ear” technology, etc.). This method of supervision was developed by structural family therapy pioneers, Salvador Minuchin, Jay Haley, and Braulio Montalvo, and integrated into the training experience as an essential element. It has since been adopted and used in the training of different individual, couple, and family therapy modalities (Storm 1997).

Theoretical Context for Concept

Much like couple and family therapy approaches, the specific elements of live supervision are dependent on the theoretical framework the supervisee and supervisor are utilizing. For each distinct model of family therapy, there is a corresponding supervisory approach, with different sets of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Veterans AdministrationPalo AltoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Thorana Nelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Utah State UniversitySanta FeUSA