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Supervision

I provide supervision in three different capacities:
*supervision of students during their clinical experiences
*supervision of mental health, marriage and family, and social work interns working towards Florida licensure
*supervision of practitioners working towards credentialing as a Registered Play Therapist

Supervision Philosophy
I believe that supervision is an essential component in the development of effective and ethical professional counselors. My supervision philosophy parallels my counseling theoretical orientation through the integration of humanistic and developmental epistemologies. I believe that fostering the growth and development of counselors involves providing a supportive environment where supervisees feel safe to discuss issues, concerns, and successes regarding their experiences as counselors.

Through the facilitation of the supervisory process, I strive to uphold Roger’s foundational tenets of humanistic counseling. I value the importance of creating a safe physical and psychological environment, which includes developing and maintaining a strong supervisory relationship. This supervisory relationship is characterized by genuineness, acceptance and trust, respect, and empathic understanding. Thus, I am provided with an opportunity to model the core components of the humanistic approach.

My developmental approach to supervision involves the integration of Stoltenberg’s Integrated Developmental Model. Through the assessment of supervisees’ developmental levels, I am able to provide supervisory experiences that provide an appropriate level of structure, support, challenge, and confrontation. Thus, the integration of a developmental approach to supervision provides a guide for implementing interventions within the supervisory experience.

I integrate a variety of supervisory techniques within the supervisory process to meet the needs of my supervisees. I utilize creative activities including expressive arts and sandtray. Additionally, I encompass readings, self-reflection and self-assessment, live observation when available, the processing of video/audiotapes when available, and interpersonal process recall within the supervision experience. In regards to evaluation, I employ these techniques, in addition to using an evaluation instrument that encompasses a rubric for evaluating the performance of supervisees. The evaluation process remains congruent with my supervision philosophy through the facilitation of the process in a humanistic manner that involves mutual exchange of feedback between the supervisor and supervisee.

Overall, I strive to provide a positive supervision experience. This involves emphasizing the supervisory relationship and focusing on the developmental needs of supervisees. Thus, I hope my supervisees will experience the importance of supervision and value the need for it throughout their careers as professional counselors.