ERIC Number: ED284140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-24
Reference Count: 0
Self-Supervision: What To Do When You're Stuck Without an Assigned Supervisor.
Yager, Geoffrey G.
Practicing counselors are often working in settings that do not include regularly-assigned supervisors. In the absence of regular supervision, today's counselors must meet mounting demands for accountability by demonstrating competence and expressing professional autonomy. When a difficult situation arises with a given client, what can and should the counselor do? In a supervised situation, the supervisor actively supports the assessment-action-evaluation process. In a self-supervised situation the assessment, action, and evaluation processes are self-initiated and self-maintained. A self-supervision model represents these processes in a continuous loop. The assessment process determines the direction of needed change; the self-action part involves attempts at direct change, including changing the environment and the consequences of certain behaviors; and the evaluation of the action step provides feedback to subsequent self-assessment thereby modeling an on-going process without a beginning or end. This self-supervision process combining self-awareness, self-action, and self-evaluation helps a counselor to avoid the professional pitfall of burnout. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Supervision
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New Orleans, LA, April 21-25, 1987).