Conceptualising and managing supervisory drift

Roscoe, Jason ORCID logo ORCID: (2021) Conceptualising and managing supervisory drift. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14 (e37).

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Clinical supervision is widely considered to be an essential component in the translation of evidence-based treatment protocols into routine clinical practice. Experts in the field have produced guidance on the structuring of CBT supervision, yet previous surveys on everyday practices have consistently found that supervisors and supervisees appear to drift from these recommendations. Surprisingly, little has been written on the origins and maintenance of supervisory drift and thus it remains a poorly understood phenomenon. To assist supervisors, supervisees and meta supervisors in recognising and responding to signs of drift, this paper seeks to build on the understanding of therapist drift by conceptualising how supervisor and supervisee cognitions, emotions and behaviour could intentionally or unintentionally render the supervision process ineffective or at worst harmful. Drawing on therapist schema literature, hypothesised pre-disposing factors for drift are presented together with clinical examples and a range of steps for managing indicators of drift in practice. Further research is needed to gather empirical support for the mechanisms proposed.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1754-470X
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Departments: Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Depositing User: Jason Roscoe
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2022 11:55
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 22:18


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