Indicators for professional growth for health care specialists: Face-to-face supervision

Vasilia Kountoura, Ioannis Agaliotis, Ariadne Loutrari, Hariklia Proios*

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We explored patterns of supervisor-supervisee interactions in face-to-face supervisory conference, drawing upon theoretical constructs from Rogerian-Penman psychology. Theoretical constructs targeted in the analysis include: tallying responses according to specific subcategories i.e., seeking solutions, descriptions, identification, and resolutions. Structure and source of information include manifest/latent and power/involvement, as well as stages of professional development for the supervisee. “Before and after” supervisory conference goals are established for two students in special education. Face-to-face conversations, subsequent transcriptions, and written conversational analysis of video conferences of supervisors and supervisees are presented. The results of our study indicate hallmarks of a more sensitive analysis for the evaluation of face-to-face supervision, i.e., the source of information discussed in relation to the first supervision conference corresponded to 63% opinion. Results indicate that the practitioner progressed from the stage of “Stagnation” to that of “Confusion.” Additionally, the supervisor needed to be more “Catalytic” as evidenced by the use of 16% Resolutions and 30% Seeking Solutions. We elaborate on the analysis and the indicators for professional development that were identified. Such analysis offers a practical approach based on established theoretical frameworks in an effort to provide insights into professional growth and the supervisory relationship.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Psychology
Early online date14 Jan 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jan 2019


  • Development
  • Indicators
  • Rogerian- Penman psychology
  • Supervisory relationship


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