CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Evaluating therapists’ practices in a postmodern world: A discussion and a scheme

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Publication Date

3-1-1996

Publication Title

Family Process

Volume

35

Issue

1

First Page

43

Last Page

56

Abstract

The social constructionist ideas currently reshaping the practice of family therapy are also relevant for supervision. However, if, as postmodernists assert, there is no privileged, expert position, how can supervisors evaluate their trainees? This question — a most pertinent one for university-based supervision, where evaluation is necessary and constant — is addressed both theoretically and pragmatically in this article. Ethical issues are explored, and an evaluation form, developed by the authors for use in a family therapy doctoral program, is presented and discussed.

Comments

We wish to thank our departmental colleagues — Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Sharon Boesl, Chris Burnett, Ron Chenail, Pat Cole, Lee Shilts, and Margo Weiss — and our practicum students for their contributions to our understanding, our method of evaluation, and the development of this manuscript. We are grateful, as well, to Suzanne Ferriss, who provided specific and insightful comments and criticisms. The anonymous reviewers were also most helpful.

DOI

10.1111/j.1545-5300.1996.00043.x