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Psychology’s Mills and Chasler Coauthor Article on Clinical Supervision

John Mills (professor) and Julia Chasler (doctoral Psychology student) coauthored “Establishing Priorities in the Supervision Hour” in the August 2012 issue of Training and Educational in Professional Psychology (TEPP).

TEPP is an American Psychological Association journal and is dedicated to enhancing supervision and training provided by psychologists.


This work makes use of similarities between psychotherapy and supervision to develop a framework for considering the priorities for topics that may be addressed in an individual supervision session. Working directly from a hierarchy of thematic priorities described for the practice of psychotherapy (Kernberg, Selzer, Koenigsberg, Carr, & Appelbaum, 1989), this article first describes the significance of the hierarchy for the practice of supervision. The work then adapts this hierarchy to form a hierarchy for supervision that provides a framework for deciding the relative urgency of a range of supervisory concerns. The hierarchy is of significant value in optimizing the efficacy of supervision, maximizing the use of limited supervisory time, and maintaining a supervision that promotes trainee growth without crossing over the boundary from supervision to psychotherapy.

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