Role diffusion in the supervisory relationship

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Discusses problems stemming from the supervisor's role and the power structure of the trainee-supervisor relationship when the trainees are clinical psychology graduate students. The tenets of systems theory, which present supervision as a dynamic process involving the triad of supervisor, therapist, and client, are reviewed. Ways in which supervisors are in dominant or deferent positions to their students are reviewed, parallels between the supervisory process and relationships between diagnosticians and patients, and therapists and clients, are explored. Mutuality in a mature supervisory relationship is also discussed. (28 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-267
Number of pages10
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1982


  • trainee-supervisor relationship in clinical psychology training


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