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Australas Psychiatry. 2017 Dec;25(6):625-629. doi: 10.1177/1039856217734668. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

On being supervised: getting value from a clinical supervisor and making the relationship work when it is not.

Author information

1
Staff Specialist, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Academic Clinical Unit, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service, Brisbane, QLD, and; University of Queensland, School of Public Health, Herston, QLD, Australia.
2
Psychiatry Registrar, Rehabilitation Academic Clinical Unit, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service, Brisbane, QLD, and; University of Queensland, Queensland Brain Institute, St Lucia, QLD, and; Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Wacol, QLD, Australia.
3
Executive Director Clinical Services, Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Service, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The importance of clinical supervision is emphasised in psychiatric training programs. Despite this, the purpose and processes of supervision are often poorly defined. There is limited guidance available for trainees about their role in making supervision work. This paper considers the nature of supervision in psychiatric training and provides practical advice to help supervisees take active steps to make supervision work.

CONCLUSIONS:

In obtaining value from supervision, the active role of the supervisee in seeking feedback, finding value in criticism and building autonomy is emphasised. Additionally, the importance of exploring what value a supervisor can offer and maintaining realistic expectations is considered. Trainees can benefit from taking an active role in planning and managing their supervision to maximise their learning.

KEYWORDS:

clinical psychiatry; competency based fellowship; supervision; training

PMID:
29034694
DOI:
10.1177/1039856217734668
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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