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The Supervision of Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: A Handbook for Canadian Certified Supervisors and Applicants

Since the publication of the Supervision of Counselling and Psychotherapy Handbook: A Handbook for Canadian Certified Supervisors and Applicants, updates to some sections have been required. Click here for the Update/Errata Sheet.

This Handbook is designed to support supervisors and their supervisees as they develop a positive working relationship that is simultaneously collegial, informative, timely, helpful, and developmental.  Throughout this document you will find:

  • Supervision requirements of regulatory colleges
  • Roles and responsibilities of supervisors and supervisees
  • Challenges in supervisory relationships
  • Models and methods of supervision
  • Legal and ethical issues in supervision
  • Competency-based evaluation techniques
  • Forms, templates, and supportive websites

Co-authors: Dr.Blythe Shepard & Lorna Martin

Blythe Shepard is a Professor in the counselling psychology program at the University of Lethbridge.  Blythe received her doctorate in educational psychology with a specialty in counselling psychology from the University of Victoria in 2002 where she continued as a faculty member and graduate advisor until 2008 in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies.  Blythe continues to advocate for the counselling and psychotherapy profession and the people it serves. Blythe is the current President-elect of CCPA.

Lorna Martin is a former provincial government consultant for Manitoba Education.  Her academic background is in educational psychology and counselling with a doctoral focus on assessment practices for the counselling and psychotherapy profession.  Lorna has worked with government since 1995 on initiatives related to program development and implementation, assessment and evaluation, counsellor education, and support services.  Lorna is the current President of CCPA.

Shepard, B., & Martin, L. (2012). The supervision of counselling and psychotherapy handbook: A handbook for Canadian certified supervisors and applicants. Ottawa, ON:
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession

This textbook has its genesis in more than a decade of pan-Canadian discussion and discourse pertaining to clinical supervision for the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. In particular, we have been attentive to ensuring that the evolution of clinical supervision in the Canadian context is attuned to our demographic, geographic, and professional practice realities. The three editors have taken on leadership roles in the counselling and psychotherapy profession, engaging in initiatives related to professional competency, assessment, ethics, and clinical supervision, and their ongoing intersection. It is with a view to supporting clinical supervision as a recognized and respected specialty area of practice that the Clinical Supervision of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Profession was borne and outreach for contributions from leading Canadian researchers, counsellor educators, and authors was nurtured. The textbook contains a total of nineteen chapters, each of which offers diverse perspectives and insights into the current state of, and recommended practices for, clinical supervision in Canada. Our intention is to make available a text that is truly helpful to practitioners of supervision and that will provide a basis for them to develop their own well-informed and well-articulated approach to clinical supervision.

Throughout this book, you will find:

  • The Art and Practice of Supervision: Supporting the Development of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Supervision Requirements of Regulatory Colleges and Canadian Professional Associations
  • Ethical and Legal Considerations and Practices in Clinical Supervision
  • Training and Supervision of Clinical Supervisors
  • Models of Supervision
  • Clinical Supervision: Modalities and Methods
  • Acknowledgement and Generativity in Reflective Group Supervision
  • Metaphoric Case Supervision
  • Feminist Supervision
  • Supervision of School Counsellors: An Evolving Practice
  • Supervision of Counselling Students in the Indigenous Community: “Spiritualizing and Not Pathologizing”
  • Career Supervision
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Supervision
  • Navigating Difference and Diversity in the Supervisory Relationship
  • Culture-Infused Counselling Supervision: Applying Concepts in Supervision Practices
  • eSupervision: Challenges of Text-based Clinical Supervision in an online World
  • Tensions in Counsellor Supervision and Supervisory Self-Care
  • Direct Supervision from Students’ Perspectives
  • Evaluating Outcomes in Supervision Conversations: Recognizing and Assessing Professional Developments from Within the Supervisory Relationship
  • Looking forward

Shepard, B., Martin, L., & Robinson, B. (Eds.). (2016). Clinical supervision of the Canadian counselling and psychotherapy profession. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association