Direct supervision: A computer feedback method used in the live supervision of first practicum marriage and family therapy students
Judith A. Kinsella, Brigham Young University, United States
Brigham Young University . Awarded
Supervision is a required element in the training and licensure of students in the mental health fields. One method of supervision, live, has been closely identified with Marriage and Family Therapy. Direct Supervision is a unique and innovative technique used in a live supervision context which provides continuous and immediate feedback to the therapist by means of a computer monitor located behind the clients but within the sight line of the therapist. A software program, CRB Tracker, was used to identify the supervisor's observation of a category of clinically relevant behavior performed by the clients; the supervisor's observation of the therapist behaviors, and a category of expected therapeutic behavior based upon the client's behavior and the therapy task being performed. This study examined one student and their clients to measure changes in client and therapist behavior after receiving feedback from CRB Tracker. The study was replicated with a second student. The results indicate there were changes in both the clients' and therapists' behaviors which led to a reduction of client and therapist behaviors which were less functional and to an increase in client and therapist behaviors which were more functional. Suggestions for additional research are presented.
Kinsella, J.A. Direct supervision: A computer feedback method used in the live supervision of first practicum marriage and family therapy students. Ph.D. thesis, Brigham Young University.
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