Practicum and internship experiences are critical in students’ professional development in counselor education programs, and the dynamics that occur between programs and field sites can impact these experiences. A program-site alliance is a measure of how well these entities work together. Using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, the authors interviewed five site supervisors and found five themes (Site Supervisor Role, Communication Within the Program-Site Alliance, Independent Mutualism, Regulated Support, and Inconsistency Between Program-Site Alliance) capturing the essence of the program-site relationship. The authors explore implications for practice and future research.


interpretative phenomenological analysis, site supervisors, program-site alliance, counselor education

Author Bio(s)

Tamara Tribitt, Ph.D. is a counselor educator and an assistant professor at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA. Please direct correspondence to tamara_tribitt@redlands.edu.

Steven J. Moody, Ph.D. is a counselor educator and associate professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. Please direct correspondence to moodste2@isu.edu.


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