A survey of clinical supervision in genetic counseling

Heidi L. Lindh, Patricia Mc Carthy Veach, Korinne Cikanek, Bonnie S. LeRoy

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Three hundred and thirty-five full members of the National Society of Genetic Counselors completed a survey concerning the nature of clinical supervision for genetic counseling students. Slightly over half (54.3%, n = 182) had provided clinical supervision within the past 5 years. Of those who supervised, 66.7% had 5 years or less supervision experience, and 55% had supervised 10 or fewer students. The majority became supervisors because they enjoy teaching and contributing to the profession. Common reasons for not supervising include no local graduate program, and had never been asked to supervise. Live supervision is the most prevalent student evaluation method: every supervisor reported providing one-on-one oral feedback, and 47.3% indicated that they always provide feedback immediately following a counseling session. The most frequent challenges involve students who lack technical knowledge and who fail to incorporate feedback. Training, policy, and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-41
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Clinical supervision
  • Genetic counseling student supervision
  • Supervision methods


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