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Exploring Supervisor Experiences of Hope in Clinical Supervision: A Phenomenological Approach

Robert A. Byrom, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Supervisory experiences have been identified as one of the primary resources for the clinical training of psychotherapists with respect to both the development of necessary skills and the ability to cope with encountered difficulties. This phenomenological study explored the experiences of clinical supervisors in a current supervisory relationship with one or more supervisees. Specifically, this study explored how supervisors experience their supervisory relationships, how supervisors conceptualize hope as it relates to supervision, how supervisors express hope for their supervisees, and how supervisors promote hope within supervision. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with between 3 to 15 individuals recruited from counseling psychology graduate programs across the United States. The experiences offered by the supervisors may act as a roadmap to better understand the phenomenon of hope in supervision, what supervisors believe regarding hope within the process of supervision, how supervisors attempt to impart this hope within their supervisory relationships and may also offer insight into how supervision may serve to better prepare supervisees both within their present therapeutic work with clients and for their future careers.

Subject Area

Counseling Psychology|Clinical psychology|Therapy

Recommended Citation

Byrom, Robert A., "Exploring Supervisor Experiences of Hope in Clinical Supervision: A Phenomenological Approach" (2021). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI28544207.