Elizabeth M. Parks
This paper will discuss the writers overall understanding of Systematic-Developmental Supervision and what the writer would do with “James” as a supervisee. One will understand why it is important to explore the core components of systemic supervision that are integrated in the Systemic Developmental Supervision model. After reading this paper one will know how the supervisor’s role might change depending on the developmental level of the supervisee.
James feels that he needs to relate and be liked by his clientele and as his supervisor discovered, he needs to feel accepted and liked by the men around him. The supervisor used transference to determine why he felt the need to be accepted by men. The supervisor advised James to use his genogram to find out why he felt this way. “James acknowledged that his need to be liked was a result of his disgruntled relationship with his father; he frequently sought the approval of other men” (Carlson, R. G., & Lambie, G. W., 2012). James was placed in the “Intermediate Family Counselor Level” due to his experience in school and the trust built between his supervisor and himself. The writer would agree with his level and would support him by ensuring his anxiety level is still under control. In this level, the supervisee is the focus and what he needs. The writer would suggest that James works on his personal issues found in the countertransference by working on goals with the supervisor to overcome the emotional entanglement with the client.
Systematic Supervision is used to encourage and support the supervisee but also help them look outside the box at which can be personal issues that are conflicting in their approaches to help the clients. “The supervisor may facilitate self-awareness and professional growth through the use of parallel process and interpersonal issues such as resistance, transference, and countertransference” (Carlson, R. G., & Lambie, G. W., 2012). The core components are to help the supervisee with support and guidance using different techniques depending on the level of the counselor. As stated by writers Carlson and Lambie; “The systemic supervisor does not focus on diagnoses related to individual pathology, but rather, views the problem as within and part of the entire systemic unit, as opposed to placing the issue on the shoulders of the client” (Goldenberg & Goldenberg,2007).
Supervisor’s Role The supervisor’s role can change drastically depending on the developmental level of the supervisee. Just like in all supervision sessions, the supervisor aids in growth, support and staffing caseloads; it is important to discuss cases with more experienced counselors or supervisors to learn new techniques or get new resources