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Time limited clinical supervision: A model

28 July 1989


This dissertation explored theoretical considerations regarding the impact of time limitations on psychotherapy supervision. The premise was proposed that an adequate understanding of the nature of finite time and our reactions to it can contribute to a greater appreciation of the supervisory process and a more efficient use of the relationship which exists between supervisor and supervisee. Relevant literature was reviewed and the supervisory process was explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives which defined the parameters of psychotherapy supervision as an independent field of practice and contributed to the conceptual understanding and practical application of the process involved in the teaching and learning of psychotherapy. Specific theories were discussed within the framework of general psychological models which emphasized the developmental and relationship variables observed in supervision. A presentation of the time limited model of supervision emphasized conceptual and existential components as well as practical application of the time limited theory regarding the tasks of supervision which change with the phases of the process. The time limited model was discussed with regard to its contribution to the field of professional psychology, particularly as it clarifies the role of the professional and parameters of the supervisory process.


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