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On-screen supervision relationships versus face-to-face

conference contribution
posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by A Gibson, Robyn Miller
Videoconferencing provides access to essential training for probationary psychologists in rural areas. However the unique aspects of videoconferenced communication (Jerome & Zaylor, 2000) challenge an assumed equivalency of face-to-face and videoconferenced interactions. This study investigated the relevance of power, involvement, and an established model of supervision (Bernard, 1979, 1997) to the working relationship in videoconferenced supervision. Semistructured interviews were conducted with four supervisors, eighteen trainees experienced in videoconferenced supervision and four trainees experienced in face-to-face supervision. Data were analysed by qualitative content analysis, coding pertinent theoretical constructs. Results confirmed that the roles defined by Bernard's supervision model (teacher, counsellor and consultant) were relevant to videoconferenced supervision. However a further role emerged as well. Power and involvement dimensions also had relevance for videoconferenced interactions with some suggestion that the power discrepancy between trainee and supervisor was increased. Complexities arising from videoconferencing included some trainees avoiding involvement by blaming technical malfunctions, some reporting curtailed emotional expression and others reporting freer emotional expression due to the distal nature of the medium. The findings affirm some unique features to videoconferenced supervision and validate a framework to further explore the impact of videoconferencing upon supervisory relationships.

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Title of proceedings

Relationships: family, work and community: proceedings of the 3rd Annual Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference

Event

Australasian Psychology of Relationships Conference (3rd: 2003: Melbourne, Vic.)

Pagination

44 - 49

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2003-11-15

End date

2003-11-16

ISBN-13

9780909881245

ISBN-10

0909881243

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

K Moore

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