Counselors’ Views About Their Training Supervision: A Qualitative Survey

Abstract

This study aims to examine counselors’ views about the supervision they received during their training. It was designed according to the phenomenological approach, which is a qualitative research design. To select the study group, the researchers made simultaneous use of the criteria sampling, maximum diversity sampling, and convenience sampling methods. The main inclusion criteria for the study group required that the counselors had taken the “Individual Counseling Practicum” course during their undergraduate education and had graduated from a department of “Counseling and Guidance”. Thus, 21 counselors who graduated from universities in different regions were purposefully selected to ensure maximum diversity in the research. MAXQDA software was used for data analysis to help the researcher in systematic evaluation and interpretation of qualitative texts. Based on the study results, the theme ‘supervisory process’ was divided into seven sub-themes, which are assessment of supervision, the methods and techniques used in supervision, frequency of supervision, focused theory of supervision, supervisor’s approach and style, supervisory relationship, and focus of feedback during supervision. In addition, these seven sub-themes identified according to research results were further divided into additional categories.

Published
2022-09-14