Unheard Voices: The Experiences of Supervisors in Training

Ebony Okafor, Armeda Stevenson Wojciak, Christine M. Helfrich

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This paper seeks to expand on the supervision literature by exploring the experiences of five supervisors in training (SIT) as they navigate the transition from therapist to supervisor. Five key elements of the process of becoming a supervisor are highlighted; contracting, ethics, diversity, modalities, and troubleshooting. Each element is described in two parts: (1) information provided by current supervision literature and (2) by personal journal entries of SITs in an approved supervision course during their doctoral studies. The journal entries of the SITs describe the journey in forming their own supervision identity which included understanding how to include the five key elements in their own supervision with their supervisees. A postmodern approach was utilized to understand this process as well as shape the paper. The goal of this paper is to understand the experiences of supervisors who will shape the development of future therapists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-379
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Supervision
  • Supervisors in training
  • Training


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