Date of Award

12-2000

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Betz

Second Advisor

Dr. C. Dennis Simpson

Third Advisor

Dr. Edward Trembley

Abstract

The relationship between supervisory identity development and supervisory experience, counseling experience, and training in supervision was investigated in this study. A developmental model of supervisory identity development was utilized, the Supervisor Complexity Model, in both the conceptualization of supervisory identity development and the measurement of supervisory identity development. Consequently, supervisory identity and some factors thought to effect its development are reviewed. Counseling professionals likely to be engaged in providing supervision services were surveyed by mail. Participants completed a measure of supervisory identity development, the Psychotherapy Supervisor Development Scale, and also indicated their supervisory experience, counseling experience, and training in the area of supervision. Multiple regression analyses were then performed to examine the relationship between supervisory identity development and supervisory experience, counseling experience, and training in supervision. Results indicate that supervisory experience and training in supervision account for a significant proportion of the variance of supervisory identity development scores. The implications of these findings, regarding supervisor development theory and practical applications, are reviewed.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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