The Practice of Clinical Supervision

Edited by Nadine Pelling, John Barletta, and Philip Armstrong

University of South Australia, Private Practice

Quality clinical supervision for counselling, psychotherapy and other mental health and related disciplines seldom occurs by accident. Rather it is the result of strategic planning by counsellors, administrators and supervisors working in partnership. The aim of such collaboration is to find a practical and appropriate process to support the counsellor in the workplace to achieve best practice in their everyday work. With attention to supervision, the emerging professional can be protected from the euphoria of a grand vocational adventure dissolving into the despair of a fading dream. This book is a state of the art summary of where supervision is today and what are some of the crucial themes we need to consider as supervisors - an invaluable update for the the experienced supervisor. Its scope and cross-professional application (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, life and business coaches) ensures all who are interested in supervision can benefit from this book. It will also be attractive to trainee practitioners who are beginning supervision and to trainee supervisors who are taking their first steps as supervisors.

About the Author

Nadine Pelling, PhD, earned her BA (Hon) Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada and her MA and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. Trained and experienced as a psychologist and counsellor, she has called Australia home since 2000. Nadine has produced over 75 publications and has made over 40 conference presentations. Nadine is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (College of Clinical Psychologists), a registered psychologist, and enjoys being active in the scientist-practitioner tradition which means engaging in applied as well as research/scholarly work. Nadine is a Fellow with the Australian Counselling Association and is also currently their research director. Nadine was also awarded the Australian Psychological Society's prestigious Early Career Teaching Award in Psychology in 2006. Nadine is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Australia, Adelaide.

John Barletta, PhD, a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, enjoys providing therapy, medico-legal reports, clinical supervision, psychometric assessments, consultation and workshops. He has supervised psychologists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, educators, clergy and administrators for many years. John earned his doctorate from Ohio University, and masters from University of Queensland. He is an Accredited Supervisor with the Psychologists Registration Board of Queensland, a Registered Supervisor with the Australian Counselling Association, was on the editorial board of Counselor Education and Supervision, and is on the International Scientific Committee of the Accademia di Psicoterapia della Famiglia, Rome. A member of the Australian Psychological Society (College of Clinical Psychologists), National Board for Certified Counselors (National Certified Counselor), Queensland Association for Family Therapy (Clinical) and Queensland College of Teachers (Registered Teacher), John was awarded for Leadership in International Collaboration by the American Counseling Association's division, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. He made significant contributions to associations including the initial development of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, and was twice President of the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association. Until recently he was a tenured senior academic in the School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, where he was on staff for over a decade, was Clinical Practicum Supervisor, established fieldwork for counselling trainees and was Course Coordinator of the Master of Counselling. (

Philip Armstrong, a PhD candidate, has a graduate degree in Counselling from University of New England (NSW), a Diploma of Applied Science (Counselling), and is a registered clinical supervisor with Australian Counselling Association (ACA). Philip has been a therapist since 1995 when he worked with veterans with whom he had an affinity due to shared experience as a member of the Australian Army. Much of his work since has centred on men's issues and relationships. He has maintained a practice but has moved into the CEO position with ACA, and is Secretary General of the Asia Pacific Rim Confederation of Counsellors. He is editor and founder of the peer reviewed Counselling Australia, and co-founder and managing editor of Counselling Psychotherapy and Health, an international web-based peer reviewed journal. Philip has several publications, the latest being co-editor of The Practice of Counselling. Philip's contribution to the counselling profession within Australia and internationally has been acknowledged through a Fellowship awarded by ACA, and membership as an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. He has been honoured with a biographical record in the 2009 Marquis Who's Who in the World. Philip's clinical practice, Clinical Counselling Centre, won a prestigious business award for Professional Services partly due to establishing a Post Natal Depression support group. He is recipient of the Defence Force Service Medal and Defence Medal. Philip lives in Brisbane with his wife and daughter, and also has a son and daughter from a previous marriage. (

Table of Contents

  • Part A: Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Clinical Supervision
  • Chapter 2: Administration and Marketing of Supervision
  • Part B: Professional Issues
  • Chapter 3: Professional Organisations and Resources in Counselling
  • and Psychology
  • Chapter 4: Ethical Issues in the Clinical Supervision of
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Chapter 5: Recent Supervision Scholarship
  • Part C: Approaches
  • Chapter 6: Models of Supervision: From Theory to Practice
  • Chapter 7: Alliance Supervision to Enhance Client Outcomes
  • Chapter 8: Processes and interventions to facilitate supervisees' learning
  • Chapter 9: Addressing supervisee fears in supervision
  • Part D: People
  • Chapter 10: The Supervisory Relationship
  • Chapter 11: Modes of supervision
  • Chapter 12: Supervisor development
  • Chapter 13: Who are Australian counsellors and how do they attend to their professional development?
  • Part E: Evaluation
  • Chapter 14: Purposeful Assessment: An integral aspect of supervision
  • Chapter 15: Supervision as Gatekeeping: Managing professional competency problems in student supervisees
  • Chapter 16: Assessment of Competence
  • Part F: Emerging and Specialist Issues
  • Chapter 17: Culture-Infused counselling supervision
  • Chapter 18: Supervision of applied specialties - unique aspects
  • Chapter 19: The use of technology in supervision
  • Chapter 20: Supervising clinical placement