Clinical supervision from the standpoint of cognitive-behavior therapy

Michael Rosenbaum*, Tammie Ronen

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This article presents an approach to supervising cognitive-behavior therapists that is closely related to the process and content of cognitive- behavior therapy (CBT). The goal of CBT supervision is to help therapists adopt the philosophy of CBT as the basic approach for changing clients' cognitions, emotions, and behaviors. A secondary goal is to teach therapists specific techniques. The seven major features of CBT and their implications for supervision are described: therapy as a meaning-making process; systematic and goal-directed therapy; practicing and experiencing; therapy as a collaborative effort; person-focused therapy; the therapist as a facilitator of change and development; and empowerment of the client with self-change skills. Some of the major dilemmas and constraints in CBT supervision that are derived from adapting the principles of therapy to supervision are discussed as well as the need for supervision outcome research and recommendations for its implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-230
Number of pages11
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


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