Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Cultural Competency in Supervision

  • Lara DavisEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_643

Name of Concept

Supervising cultural competency in couple and family therapy


Cultural competency in supervision is not only an embodiment of cultural awareness and understanding but a core competency of a supervisor in the field of marriage and family therapy. Culture competency in supervision encompasses awareness surrounding one’s own values, assumptions, and biases as these serve as the foundation from which one views the world including that of culturally diverse clients. Cultural competency in supervision is imperative to providing all-encompassing therapists that not only own their own power, privilege, and oppression but can facilitate this awareness within their clients (Hernández et al. 2005). Cultural competency is a lens which supervisors, supervisees, clients, and the interwoven connections to each can be empowered to own contributions and take action to help alter the larger discourse taking place within therapy and supervision.

Theoretical Context for Concept

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversitySacramentoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kristina S. Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Couple and Family Therapy DepartmentAdler UniversityChicagoUSA