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Can we enhance the training of clinical supervisors? A national pilot study of an evidence-based approach

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Derek Milne


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Clinical supervision plays an essential part in maintaining professional standards and in achieving the National Health Service's objective of a modern workforce. Paradoxically, little is known about how supervisors themselves acquire competence, leading to lament that 'something does not compute'. To contribute to a solution, a supervisor training manual that guided trainers in delivering continuing professional development to supervisors in an evidencebased approach to clinical supervision was piloted nationally, in terms of the reactions of trainers (N = 25 tutors from clinical psychology courses) and their workshop delegates (N = 256 clinical psychology supervisors). Trainers were allocated randomly to either manualalone or to a manual-plus consultancy group. The trainers all rated the manual favourably (mean rating of 78%), but there was no signifi cant difference between the two groups. However, the supervisors within the consultancy group rated the sessions signifi cantly more highly than their counterparts. It is concluded that brief training in an evidence-based approach appears feasible and acceptable, making more rigorous evaluations appropriate. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Milne D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Year: 2010

Volume: 17

Issue: 4

Pages: 321-328

ISSN (print): 1063-3995

ISSN (electronic): 1099-0879

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1002/cpp.657

PubMed id: 19911431


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