This chapter is more personal than the others. We intend to provide you with the opportunity to actually integrate and draft your "Philosophy of Supervision Paper" (AAMFT, 2002a). If you have completed our exercises and kept notes in a journal, and now follow our guidance in this chapter, we believe that your paper will almost write itself.
At the very beginning of this book we asked you to think about your best and worst supervisory experiences. We wanted to stir up those memories in the hope that they would make your subsequent reading more relevant and remind you of how much you already know about effective supervision: As consumers of supervisory services, you have had unique experiences of the good, the bad, and the ugly. We also wanted you to start getting in touch with your "inner supervisor," because this part of you surely influences how you construct your views and identity.
Now it is time to make your inner supervisor explicit in your written philosophy of supervision. Figley (2000a) has observed that for many Approved Supervisor Candidates the philosophy of supervision paper can become a major barrier. In fact, he offered a practical outline to which you may wish to refer for accomplishing this task. However, if you have read our chapters and completed our self-discovery and reflective exercises, you have already completed, in writing, much of what must be done. The task now is to reflect on, consolidate, and reference what you already have written. Overall, as you work through this chapter, remember that the philosophy statement is meant to be a highly personal document about what you believe with regard to supervision (Storm, 2000b). The personal pronoun "I" and the possessive pronoun "my" are expected and acceptable features. For example, your paper should be characterized by this kind of language: I believe…I prefer…My reasons are…My experience has been….