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The Influence of Administrative Supervision on Counselor Subordinates: Uncharted Territory Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this dissertation is to convey research on counselors’ experience of administrative supervision. While research in counseling has given much attention to clinical supervision and the relationship between clinical supervisor and supervisee, it has not adequately attended to the important and influential role of administrative supervision and its impacts on counselor subordinates. There is limited research and literature that suggests administrative supervision is important to the welfare of counselor subordinates, such as in burnout prevention, and also important to counselor subordinates’ job performance, which can have an impact on client welfare. However, no research was found in the field of counseling that directly examines administrative supervision’s effects. This study addresses a gap in counseling research by utilizing qualitative grounded theory methodology to shine a light on how therapists experience administrative supervision. Primary categories that developed from this study included counselors evaluating administrative supervisors, administrative supervisors’ alignment with counseling principles, counselors responding to conditions of administrative supervision, and impacts on counselors professionally and personally. The major finding of the study involved the generation of a grounded theory to explain how participants experienced administrative supervision. Participants described their experience of administrative supervision as a process of evaluating their administrative supervisors through a lens of idealism formed in their personal backgrounds, but further refined and strengthened by their graduate training and education. Participants went into agency work with strong ideals that were often disappointed by the administrative supervision they received. To navigate this, they responded by performing the work, relating to others, and taking personal actions. When administrative supervisors aligned with participants’ ideals, participants experienced positive effects on their work performance, commitment to the profession, relationships with others, and personal well-being; but when they experienced mis-alignment, they experienced negative impacts in these areas. Member checking confirmed that participants felt the generated grounded theory captured their experiences and also that it helped them put words to what they felt but had not been able to articulate. In conclusion, the developed grounded theory of this study did explain how the participants experience administrative supervision, helped the participants put words to their experiences, and provides a foundation for future research and attention to this neglected area of counseling practice.
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