Heather J. Hair, PhD, RMFT, RSW, is from School of Social Work, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada; Marshall Fine, EdD, is a Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Social Constructionism and Supervision: Experiences of AAMFT Supervisors and Supervised Therapists
Article first published online: 21 SEP 2011
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 604–620, October 2012
How to Cite
Hair, H. J. and Fine, M. (2012), Social Constructionism and Supervision: Experiences of AAMFT Supervisors and Supervised Therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 604–620. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00255.x
Our thanks to the AAMFT Supervisors and therapists who gave of their time and experiences. We also extend our appreciation to the editors and reviewers for their encouragement, thoughtful critique, and suggestions.
- Issue published online: 15 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 21 SEP 2011
A phenomenological research process was used to investigate the supervision experience for supervisors and therapists when supervisors use a social constructionist perspective. Participants of the one-to-one interviews were six AAMFT Approved Supervisors and six therapists providing counseling to individuals, couples and families. The findings suggest supervisors were committed to their self-identified supervision philosophy and intentionally sought out congruence between epistemology and practice. The shared experience of therapists indicates they associated desirable supervision experiences with their supervisors’ social constructionist perspective. Our findings also indicated that supervisors’ and therapists’ understanding of social constructionism included the more controversial concepts of agency and extra-discursiveness. This research has taken an empirical step in the direction of understanding what the social constructionist supervision experience is like for supervisors and therapists. Our findings suggest a linkage between epistemology and supervision practice and a satisfaction with the supervision process.