A Relational Framework for Training and Supervision

A value for depth in relationships is central to our training and supervision program.  And it fits so well with our two training questions, “Who are you as a therapist?” and “How are you therapeutic?”  These are reflective and self-involving questions that take time and vulnerability to explore.  We believe that they can be examined in more depth in the context of a supervisory relationship that values relationships, attends to diversity, and acknowledges power.

We believe that an intentional focus on the process between supervisor and supervisee improves the experience by fostering meaningful conversations that would otherwise be overlooked.  We exist in the intersections of culture, identity, experience, and power. So we name our identities and context, and discuss they ways they shape us as professionals.  We attend to the impact of our differences and work together to create a collaborative supervision space.  We talk about power: the reality of it, how we attempt to use it for good, and the ways we work to minimize unnecessary power differences. 

We also strive to acknowledge the moments of relational rupture, and the times of stress and discomfort that inevitably accompany a growth process.  We believe that these are normal parts of the challenging journey of change, and we work to name and attend to the discomfort, repair the ruptures, and benefit from the experience.  This willingness to work through difficulty is a fundamental quality that deepens relationships and ultimately leads to mutual empowerment and growth.

Maintaining connection through difficulty for the sake of growth changes us, both supervisor and supervisee.  As we share ourselves in our respective roles, trainers grow as supervisors and interns grow as budding psychologists.  The work of this supervision manifests in improved clinical practice and readiness to enter the profession as colleagues at the conclusion of the training year.  This is our great joy as a training program: knowing that we have a new colleague, prepared well to offer their gifts to our world in the healing profession we share.

Former Interns: In Their Own Words

My supervisor highlighted the parts of me, I feel could change, but they are validated as something that makes me a “beautiful person”. It has been meaningful me to hear this.  It was meaningful to be reassured about strengths while being invited to grow.

I appreciated the ability to challenge me with kindness. To give both positive and continued feedback in a manner that is caring, and yet pushed me to grow. To be a real person with me.

Supervision has been a place where I can let my guard down - which is immensely cathartic and challenging at the same time.

My supervisor created a safe space to explore and grow, modeling humility and a continual openness to growth and learning.

My supervisor recognizes the impact of modeling, as well as dynamics of power and culture. This created a frame of empowerment – where constructive growth and feedback is able to be received and implemented due to my safety.

My supervisor exemplifies and lives out the importance of self-awareness and how the person of the therapist impacts relational dynamics.  

BUCC is living proof that inclusion, discussion, and practice create a nurturing environment in workplace.  I feel validated and respected. 

Buckle up.  It’s going to be a wild ride and you will not want to leave.