Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Recorded Supervision in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Michael AdamsEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_861


Supervision is the primary mechanism where trainees grow and develop to become effective helping professionals, as well as ethical therapists. Within the field of couple and family therapy (CFT), supervision is practiced in a different manner than any other therapy training program for mental health professionals. The Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) requires 500 clinical contact hours for each student in an accredited master’s level program. Of these 500 h, it is requisite that 250 of these hours “must be relational,” and the graduate program must demonstrate “a commitment to relational/systemic-oriented supervision.” In addition, the supervisees are required to receive one supervision hour for every five clinical contact hours and meet the requirement that a minimum of “50 hours of supervision utilizing observable data,” which includes live observation, video, or audio recordings (COAMFTE 2016, p. 25). Accordingly, CFT...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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