Learning to be a supervisor, like learning to be a therapist, is a lifelong task. But you need to begin somewhere and the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. This chapter is meant to be that first step. We intend to build a foundation upon which everything that follows can be erected. We believe that it is important for a beginning supervisor to have a clear understanding of those principles that seem to be central to all effective family therapy supervision.
First, we will ask you to reflect upon positive and negative experiences you have had as a consumer of supervisory services during your own training and to consider what you have learned from them. Next, we will identify and review what others in the family therapy field generally consider to be foundational to family therapy supervision. In the course of our journey together we expect that you will give considerable thought to these and make aspects of them your own.
We want to begin a process of personal reflection on your own resources which then can be integrated into the clinical and theoretical issues we will discuss. We would like you to think about your best and worst supervisory experiences. We want to stir up those memories to make your reading of this work more relevant and remind you of how much you may already know about effective supervision.