Live supervision in family therapy and social facilitation effects: A case study with physiological measures

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Abstract

In this case study a family therapy trainee is treating a family during a live supervision session while wearing a blood-pressure monitor. The data are used to illustrate the paradox inherent in live supervision from a social facilitation theory standpoint: While the peer group is considered essential to the process of supervision by some models, the presence of observers and coactors is hypothesized to give rise to negative social facilitation effects which may inhibit the acquisition of complex skills and prolong the training phase of the professionalization process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-561
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family therapy
  • Live supervision
  • Social facilitation

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