Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach

Pages: 348
Item #: 4317045
ISBN: 978-1-59147-119-6
List Price: $49.95
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Copyright: 2004
Format: Hardcover
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Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach is a comprehensive, up-to-date scholarly resource for training and supervising mental health practitioners. Supervision has for years been central to training psychologists and other mental health professionals in clinical settings, and in that time supervisors have worked with little or no framework or guidance. Supervisors need no longer tolerate this state of affairs: This presentation of theory and research is tailored to contemporary practice and training requirements with an emphasis on the identification and development of specific competencies in both trainees and their supervisors.

This book guides readers through a science-informed process of supervision that clearly delineates the competencies required for good practice. The authors have geared this integrative approach to mental health professionals who currently provide supervision in academic, training, and treatment settings as well as to students and practitioners who are studying the supervision research and theory for the first time. Clinical Supervision provides guidance on both clinical and supervisory competencies and accounts for recent legislative initiatives mandating training in supervision. This will be the standard resource on supervisory and clinical competence for many years to come.

Table of Contents


  1. The Practice of Clinical Supervision
  2. What Makes for Good Supervision?
  3. Building Technical Competence
  4. Addressing Personal Factors in Supervision
  5. Alliance in Therapeutic and Supervisory Relationships
  6. Building Diversity Competence in Supervision
  7. Ethical and Legal Perspectives and Risk Management
  8. Evaluation of the Supervisory Process
  9. The Evolving Practice of Clinical Supervision


  1. Sample Supervision Contract Outline
  2. Working Alliance Inventory
  3. Cross-Cultural Counseling Inventory—Revised
  4. Multicultural Counseling Knowledge and Awareness Scale
  5. Multicultural Competency Checklist for Counseling Psychology
  6. Trainee–Client Sexual Misconduct
  7. Competencies of Supervisors
  8. Role Conflict and Role Ambiguity Inventory
  9. Evaluation Process Within Supervision Inventory
  10. Supervision Outcomes Survey
  11. Supervisor Feedback
  12. Therapist Evaluation Checklist



About the Authors

Author Bios

Carol Falender, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and clinical professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Falender has been assistant director of training and then director of training for over 20 years at American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited community mental health programs. She spent 9 years as director of training, chief psychologist, and director of research at Saint John's Health Center. She has served as secretary of Division 37 (Child, Youth, and Family Services) of the APA, chair of the California Psychological Association Division of Education and Training, and has been a longstanding member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She received the Outstanding Supervisor of the Year award from the California Psychological Association, Division of Education and Training. She lectures widely and provides consultation on the topic of supervision, and she also contributes scholarship in this clinical specialty area.

Dr. Falender is a practicing clinician and clinical supervisor, with interests in assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, families, co-occurring disorders, ethics, diversity competency, juvenile corrections, interventions for children whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer, school consultation, and all aspects of supervision of psychology trainees.

Edward P. Shafranske, PhD, ABPP, is a professor of psychology, Charles and Harriet Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow (1997–2002), and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. A fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Shafranske has been the president of APA's Division 36 (Psychology of Religion), a member of the APA Council of Representatives, and the chair of the California Psychological Association Division of Education and Training. He served as editor of Religion and the Clinical Practice of Psychology, associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Psychology (APA, 2000), and coeditor of the forthcoming Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy (APA).

A practicing clinician and clinical supervisor, his theoretical and research interests focus on integrative approaches to the psychotherapeutic process, competency-based supervision, religion and spirituality as clinical variables, and the contributions of neuroscience to psychological treatment. In addition to academic and research activities, Dr. Shafranske maintains a private practice in clinical psychology in Irvine, California.

Companion Products
  • Casebook for Clinical Supervision

    This companion book to Clinical Supervision: A Competency-Based Approach makes the leap from theory and research to the real-life, hands-on implementation of the elements of successful supervision.