Wk 2 Discussions – Clinical Supervisor Role

Respond to the following classmates in a minimum of 175 words each classmate.


Please include a peer-reviewed APA reference.

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In your replies, you do not need to cite references however please respond to the post and tie in your thoughts to what is presented by your colleague.


JS- Classmate

I do believe and agree with our readings, where the main function of the clinical supervisor is to provide support and instruction to supervisees while ensuring the welfare of clients and the counseling profession (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014). We are newly graduating students and not quite ready to practice independently. Therefore, supervisors are responsible for what happens with clients who are going to be seen by us. I enjoyed reading about the common factors model to supervision, where, supervisors make sure to be a part of the development and maintenance of a strong supervisory relationship (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014). They also help the supervisee with the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, self-awareness and self-reflection, along with assessment and feedback (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014). The discrimination model assumes the appropriate role for addressing the supervisee’s needs and goals. That could mean the supervisor takes on the roles of being a teacher, a counselor, or a consultant depending on the situation, making it so the roles of the supervisor changes from supervision session to session (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014).

Bernard, J. M., & Goodyear, R. K. (2014). Fundamentals of clinical supervision (5th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.​


CN- Classmate

As our discussion prompt states, a clinical supervisor has many different roles within a community counseling agency, thus, making it difficult to filter and pinpoint their main function. However, the opposite is true. The main function of a clinical supervisor is to the client – as highlighted by Dr. McKenzie. All those different hats, or roles the clinical supervisor help to accomplish this task. For example, establishing and maintaining a relationship built on bidirectional trust, openness, respect, and value between the supervisee and clinical supervisor. A valuable outcome associated with this type of relationship supports the development of Freud’s psychoanalytic skill known as countertransference. Countertransference is “…associated with the development of the trainees’ awareness and insight into their reactions to clients and the impact of those reactions to the outcome of counseling and the therapeutic relationship” (Ponton & Sauerheber, 2014, p. 254). Although countertransference is often associated with negative underpinnings, applied in the relationship between supervisee and clinical supervisor, can be useful. Thank you.

Ponton, R. F., & Sauerheber, J. D. (2014). Supervisee Countertransference: A Holistic Supervision Approach. Counselor Education & Supervision, 53(4), 254–266. https://doi.org/10.1002/j.1556-6978.2014.00061.x

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