Psychology & Psychological Research International Journal (PPRIJ)

ISSN: 2576-0319

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Beyond Black and White: A Trainee Perspective on Addressing Cultural Complexities in Clinical Supervision

Authors: Drinkard S*

DOI: 10.23880/pprij-16000420


Existing literature on clinical supervision and mentorship tells us that clinical supervision is one of the most critical steps in developing competent Clinical and Counseling Psychologists. Given the various contextual/identity factors that can shape supervision relationships, it is essential to have a solid understanding of how to thrive in supervision relationships as trainees and supervisors when inevitable differences exist. Some examples of these contextual/identity factors that can shape supervision are gender identity, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, body size/ appearance, values, ability level, and many others. De-identified examples from experiences in supervision by this author are discussed to illustrate situations that can arise within supervision and to illuminate response strategies for supervisees and trainees. Strategies to promote culturally responsive clinical supervision and implications for training programs, supervisors, and supervisees are discussed.

Keywords: Clinical Supervision; Cross-Cultural Supervision; Ethnic Minority; Training; Cultural Complexities

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