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Supervisory ethics and issues

  1. 1. Supervisory Ethics and Issues Ana Ramos, Julio Davalos, Leticia Galindo, Alma Amaral University of Phoenix Ethics and Values BSHS 355 Beatriz Zayas January 9, 2014
  2. 2. Agenda  Legal aspects of supervision  Multicultural issues in supervision  Spiritual issues in supervision  Multiple roles and relationships in the supervisory process  Styles of supervision  Supervisor’s roles and responsibilities  Questions  References
  3. 3. Legal aspects of supervision  Three legal considerations in the supervisory relationship are informed consent, confidentiality and its limits, and liability.  First, supervisors must see that trainees provide the information to clients that they need to make informed choices.  Second, supervisors have a legal and ethical obligation to respect the confidentiality of client communications.  Third, supervisors ultimately bear legal responsibility for the welfare of those clients who are counseled by their trainees.
  4. 4. Multicultural issues in supervision  Multicultural supervision encompasses a broad definition of culture that includes race, ethnicity, socioeconomic, status, sexual orientation, religion, gender and age.  Supervisors have the responsibility to be aware of the complexities of multicultural society.  Ethical and competent supervision involves recognizing and addressing the issues that apply to multicultural supervision.  Racial and ethical issues: if supervisors do not assist in addressing racial and ethnic issues, the client may be denied the opportunity to explore these issues and their therapy.
  5. 5. Spiritual issues in supervision  Supervisors have to be open about discussing spiritual issues. Religion and spirituality are a main understanding and treating many clients. Having faith is an important factor to look into and grasp knowledge in supervision. It is crucial for mental health professionals to understand, honor, and address religious diversity.
  6. 6. Multiple roles and relationships in the supervisory process  Happens when a supervisor has concurrent or consecutive professional/non professional relationships with a supervisee. Relationships frequently happen between supervisor/supervisee. Common within training and supervision, yet they can be harmful. Supervisors need to make sure that they only discuss relevant issues with their supervisees.
  7. 7. Styles of supervision  Supervisors are expected to be aware of the needs of their supervisees and to address these needs in supervision. Supervisees at different stages in their professional development may require different styles of supervision. Overholser (1991) points out that an important element in the supervisory process is balancing a directive style and a permissive one. A supervisor’s task is to strive for an optimal level of challenge and support. The hope is that the supervisor will promote autonomy without overwhelming the supervisee. Although supervisees may need more direction when they begin their training, it is a good idea to foster a reflective and questioning approach that leads to self-initiated discovery.
  8. 8. Supervisor’s roles and responsibilities Responsibilities  Responsibility to provide training to supervisees in order for them to deliver ethical and effective services Roles  Teacher  Mentor  Consultant  Counselor  Evaluator  And more
  9. 9. Questions?
  10. 10. Reference  Corey, G., Schneider Corey, M., & Patrick, C. (2011). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Cengage

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