Clinical Practice and Clinical Supervision: Building a Firm Foundation




In this paper, the authors report on the “Foregrounding Clinical Practice and Clinical Supervision” working group of the Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference held on October 26 to 28, 2018, at the University of Calgary. Of the 12 working group participants, nine self-identified as students and three identified as licensed practitioners (two of the practitioners also held academic positions). This group of mostly early-career professionals identified an overarching theme of building a firm foundation for their future practice. Working group members identified three important contributors: the development of a strong, multi-faceted professional identity, including issues of licensure and certification, the interplay between counselling and clinical psychology, and the place of career psychology; the importance of clinical supervision, including the perceived variable quality of supervision and the apparent shortage of practicum placements; and professional role models. The authors provide their perspectives on the issue the working group raised and offer recommendations for counsellor educators and practice leaders.

Author Biographies

Jeff Chang, Athabasca University

Jeff Chang is an associate professor of counselling psychology in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. His scholarly interests include psychological services in high-conflict divorce, children’s and school-based mental health, family therapy, and clinical supervision. He is a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta and a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Tanya E. Mudry, University of Calgary

Tanya E. Mudry is a registered psychologist and assistant professor of counselling psychology in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She supervises and trains counselling psychology students and practises family therapy at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. Tanya’s research and writing have focused on family therapy, excessive behaviours, addiction and recovery from addiction, and relational recovery of critical care survivors and their families.

Lara Hiseler

Lara E. Hiseler is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist in Peterborough, Ontario. She is co-founder of Hiseler, Kelly & Associates and engages in clinical practice and in clinical supervision of counselling and psychotherapy. She holds a special faculty appointment at Trent University, assisting with the supervision of graduate student research. Her research interests include women involved in the justice system, self-compassion, and operational stress injuries in first responders.




How to Cite

Chang, J., Mudry, T. E., & Hiseler, L. (2020). Clinical Practice and Clinical Supervision: Building a Firm Foundation. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(4), 595–616.