Tailored Supervision

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION from Cheryl Storm and Tom Todd, Eds. Now available at Amazon. C. Storm (Ed.), Reasonably complete systemic supervisor resource guide (pp. 87-89).Needham Heights, MA.: Allyn & Bacon. (Reprinted from The Supervision Bulletin, 7(2), pp. 3, 8, 1994.) Tailored Supervision Debby L. Schwarz Hirschhorn Nova Southeastern University Supervision Dr. Pat Cole The author is indebted to Dr. Jim Rudes for his “tailored supervision” and his encouragement. Running head: Tailored Supervision Tailored Supervision My grandfather, I understand, was a tailor. I know, from the stories I have heard, that he felt the same suit might fit his customers’ needs better at one stage of their lives than at another. Maybe that is why it makes sense to me that some modes of supervision fit supervisees better at some times than at others. The first mode of supervision that I had was based on applying recognized systemic therapy models (eg., Mental Research Institute, Ericksonian, Solution-Focused, etc.). In this mode, a supervisor, highly competent in a particular theory of therapy, attempts to inculcate an appreciation of that model in the supervisee. It is the supervisee’s job to reflect what has been gleaned from the supervision by applying (correctly) the supervisor’s model to the supervisee’s clients. Another mode of supervision entails the supervisor attempting to assist supervisees in developing their own therapy style. In this mode of supervision, the supervisor allows each of the supervisees to experiment with integrating the various models of therapy that they have been exposed to previously. In addition, if group supervision is used, the refusal of the supervisor to guide supervisees down a particular path creates...
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