A qualitative study exploring the perceived impact of supervision training on cognitive therapy supervisor practice

Joanne Younge, Anne Campbell

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    Abstract

    Although cognitive therapy (CT) has a large empirical base, research is lacking for CT supervision and supervision training, which presents an obstacle for evidence-based practice. A pilot CT supervision training programme, based on Milne’s (2007a, 2009) evidence-based supervision and Roth and Pilling (2008) supervision competences was developed by the Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT), an organisation specialising in CT therapy provision and training. This study qualitatively explores CT supervisors’ perceptions of the impact the training had on their practice. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven participants, transcribed verbatim and analysed using Burnard’s (1991) thematic content analysis.

    Findings illustrated that experienced CT supervisors perceived benefit from training and that the majority of supervisors had implemented contracts, used specific supervision models and paid more attention to supervisee learning as a result of the training. Obstacles to ensuring good supervision included the lack of reliable user-friendly evaluation tools and supervisor consultancy structures.

    Recommendations are also made for future research to establish the long-term effects of supervision training and its effect on patient outcomes. Implications for future training based on adult learning principles are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number13000068
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    Number of pages14
    JournalThe Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
    Volume6
    Early online date17 May 2013
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • SUPERVISION CBT

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology

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