A common barrier to effective supervision is the lack of interpersonal skills of a supervisee.  A clinician may be young and not used to dealing with adults or all of the different situations that come with a “real” job.  Without the interpersonal skills, it may be difficult to take in what is happening in the supervision and to realize that it is for your benefit and not to make you feel bad or angry.

 

A solution could encompass sharing an article or a book for the clinician to read about the role of supervision and the need for interpersonal skills.  Seeing scenarios of others or talking about them would be helpful for a clinician to see it from a different perspective.  There are many resources available that could be shared with a clinician to assist them to understand the interpersonal skills needed to effectively engage in supervision.

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