Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Bug-in-the-Ear Supervision

  • Linda WarkEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_641

Synonyms and Acronyms

Audio-cuing; BIE; Bug-in-the-ear technology; BITE*; Earphone; Third ear; Third ear mechanical device; Third mechanical ear

Theoretical Context

The intention of the bug-in-the-ear in the clinical professions is to improve the abilities of supervisees. It is part of the evolution of live supervision wherein an intrusion is made by a supervisor during an ongoing therapy session to assist the student therapist. Therapy trainees receive instant help or suggestions which, in turn, can provide clients with immediate help from a more experienced vantage point. Authors have described mutual benefits of this method for both therapy trainee and clients. Benefits for trainees include help with blind spots and instant support from supervisors (DeRoma et al. 2007) as well as minimal disruption (Carmel et al. 2016). Benefits for clients include an alteration in therapist’s behavior that leads to changes in client behavior (Smith et al. 1998). Some opposition to BITE*...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University – Purdue UniversityFort WayneUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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