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Clinical Supervision for the Treatment of Adults With Severe Mental Illness: Pertinent Issues When Assisting Graduate Nursing Students

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  • Kelly D. Buck MSN, PMHCNS-BC,

    1. Kelly D. Buck, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center; and Paul H. Lysaker, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
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  • Paul H. Lysaker PhD

    1. Kelly D. Buck, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center; and Paul H. Lysaker, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist, Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
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Author contact: Kelly.Buck@va.gov, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE.  There is little to guide advanced practice nurses to provide supervision for graduate students conducting psychotherapy with persons with serious mental illness. This article provides concrete suggestions for clinical supervision.

CONCLUSIONS.  Supervision should focus on assisting students to conduct recovery-based psychotherapy in terms of the therapeutic alliance, methods to provide empathy, collaborative goal setting, the management of countertransference, and the development of self-awareness.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS.  In providing clinical supervision, preceptors should assist students to become more aware of their own thoughts and feelings as well as stigmatizing beliefs in order to help clients move toward recovery.

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