Counselor Trainees' Experiences in Triadic Supervision: A Qualitative Exploration of Transcendent Themes

Tracy A. Stinchfield, Nicole R. Hill, David M. Kleist

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Triadic supervision has been considered a credible and effective form of clinical supervision within counselor education programs since being included in the 2001 standards for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). A phenomenological study was conducted to examine the experiences of masters-level counselor trainees in practicum with triadic supervision. Several transcendent themes emerged, namely: Initial Apprehensions, Shared Developmental Process, Vicarious Learning, Multiple Perspectives, and Safety through Trust and Relationship. The results of this study are discussed as they impact the field of counselor education and supervision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-239
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Counselor education
  • Supervision
  • Triadic supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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