Supervision and Peer Supervision in Online Setting: Experiences of Psychological Counselors

Yagmur AMANVERMEZ1, Serife Gonca ZEREN2, Seher Merve ERUS3, Arzu BUYRUK GENC4
1Vrije University, The NETHERLANDS
2Yıldız Technical University, TURKEY
3Yıldız Technical University, TURKEY
4Maçka Pakmaya Hüsamettin Ziler Secondary School, TURKEY
DOI: 10.14689/ejer.2020.86.12


Purpose: Psychological counseling, supervision, peer supervision, and consultation in the online setting have become widespread. This study aimed to examine the experiences and opinions of psychological counselors regarding online supervision and peer supervision.

Research Methods: This qualitative study included six psychological counselors as participants. The data of the study were collected using semi-structured individual interviews and a focus group interview. Written documents and transcriptions of voice recordings were analyzed based on thematic analysis.

Findings: The results of the study related to the supervision experiences of psychological counselors yielded the following themes: role of the supervisor, supervision process, feedback from the supervisor, and the number of psychological counselors and clients. Similarly, themes related to experiences of psychological counselors in peer supervision were as follows: effects of the peers, professional development, and negative perceptions about peer supervision. The opinions of psychological counselors regarding online supervision and peer supervision yielded two themes: the strengths and the drawbacks of the online environment.

Implications for Research and Practice: Online supervision can be useful for psychological counselors. However, it is crucial for future studies to investigate the experiences of psychological counselors with diverse characteristics to gain a deeper understanding. Mixed method studies related to online supervision and peer supervision are recommended for more detailed information. Moreover, online supervision can be provided for psychological counselors-in-training and for professionals aiming to pursue career development.

Keywords: Group supervision, peer supervision, online supervision, online peer supervision.