“The ultimate goal of all my research is at the end of the supervisor-counselor-client chain – more effective services for clients. But to get there, you have to start at the top, with clinical supervision.
“Good basketball players are not necessarily good coaches. The same idea holds true in the mental health world: Good therapists are not necessarily good supervisors. Clinical supervision is an entirely different skill set. And that is what I study: the mindset, observation skills, and decision making of really effective clinical supervisors. How they break down what they know about being effective clinicians, and then help student counselors understand and apply that knowledge with their own clients – in the thousands of nuanced scenarios a counseling session can take.
“I spend a lot of time analyzing supervision session recordings. What do expert supervisors prioritize that novice supervisors miss? What interventions help novice supervisors steadily move toward expertise? And how is novices’ development influenced by their identities, personal histories, professional experiences – even their thoughts about being in an evaluator, or gatekeeper, role.”