As part of our integrative and systemic supervisory model, we believe it is important to process feedback from our trainees and their clinical families. In fact, we would hope that this process would become an integral element of your own supervisory model. In this chapter we review feedback collected from clients, trainees, and supervisors. These issues should inform training goals and methods for all of us.
We begin with clients' observations about their therapy. We know from the principle of isomorphism that what exists between therapists and their clients is likely to exist between the therapists and their supervisors. If a certain relational ambiance is expected to be valuable at the client-therapist level and we want to be sure it is created there, then it must also exist at the therapist-supervisor level. Isomorphism also suggests that, if it exists in these relationships, it also will characterize the relationship between the clients within their family relations and the relationship between you and your supervisory mentor.
Reimers' (2001) review of the literature indicated that some clients preferred a directive therapist while others preferred a more collaborative one. However, we believe that this issue of style is secondary to something more basic, namely, the therapeutic climate. Post-therapy debriefing by Quinn and his students (Quinn, 1996) revealed that three factors were experienced as crucial by clients: