Supervisees' reported best and transformational experiences in the context of psychological supervision

Jeffrey Warren Summerville (2001)

Transformational or greatest change experiences in clinical psychology supervision were compared to good experiences. Measures of the supervisory working alliance, supervisor style, supervisee attitude toward change, transformational or greatest change experience, and professional competency were gathered from 180 American Psychological Association members. Results indicated that transformational or greatest change experiences occur frequently, have characteristics distinct from good experiences, and occur among a demographically diverse sample population. Rapport, client focus, and positive attitude toward change explained 27% to 33% of the variance in the relationship between supervisory experiences and professional development. The integration of personal and professional growth in the context of a clearly defined, task focused, and supportive supervisory relationship was highly correlated with transformational or greatest change experiences.