ERIC Number: ED302773
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
A Comparison of Counseling Supervisors' and Trainees' Perceptions of Development.
Stoltenberg, Cal; Holmes, Deborah
Stoltenberg's (1981) counselor complexity model, a developmental model of the supervision process, conceptualizes the training process as a sequence of four identifiable stages through which a trainee progresses: dependency, dependency-autonomy conflict, conditional dependency, and the master counselor. Evidence has been found in support of developmental models of supervision in general and of Stoltenberg's constructs specifically. This study investigated the degree of difference or agreement between supervisors' perceptions of trainees and their trainees' perceptions of themselves. Twenty pairs of supervisors and trainees rated the trainees on their perceived developmental level by completing the Supervisee Levels Questionnaire during the third week of the practicum and again at the end of the semester. A correlational analysis indicated a positive relationship between the trainees' ratings of satisfaction with supervision and their perception of developmental growth over the course of the semester. The results indicated that the larger the difference between the pretest and the posttest ratings, the greater the degree of satisfaction reported by the trainees. In addition, the greater the difference between the trainees' and the supervisors' initial perception of the trainees' development, the greater the subsequent satisfaction with the supervisor. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (34th, Tulsa, OK, April 21-23, 1988).