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A qualitative comparison of cognitive-behavioural and evidence-based clinical supervision

  • Derek L. Milne (a1), Robert P. Reiser (a2), Tom Cliffe (a1), Lauren Breese (a1), Annabel Boon (a1), Rosamund Raine (a1) and Phillippa Scarratt (a1)...
Abstract

Despite the acknowledged importance of clinical supervision, controlled research is minimal and has rarely addressed the measurement or manipulation of clinical supervision, hampering our understanding and application of the different supervision methods. We therefore compared two related approaches to supervision, cognitive-behavioural (CBT) and evidence-based clinical supervision (EBCS), evaluating their relative effectiveness in facilitating the experiential learning of one supervisee. Drawing on a multiple-baseline N = 1 design, we gathered mostly qualitative data by means of an episode analysis, a content analysis, a satisfaction questionnaire, and interviews with the supervisor and supervisee. We found that the EBCS approach was associated with higher supervision fidelity and increased engagement in experiential learning by the supervisee. This case study in the evaluation of supervision illustrates the successful application of some rarely applied qualitative methods and some potential supervision enhancements, which could contribute to the development of CBT supervision.

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*Author for correspondence: D. L. Milne, Ph.D., 4th Floor, Ridley Building 1, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK. (email: d.l.milne@ncl.ac.uk).
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