- Supervision and Ethics

Supervision and ethics 

Over the next few months we will be working with the Board of Ethics to develop EFPA guidelines in this area led by Nina Dalen. Updates on our work will be posted on this page.

As an introduction to some of the issues involved, a good place to start is with some of the guidelines on supervision and ethics which have been produced recently by other psychology associations.

For example the Canadian Psychological Association has produced two relevant guidelines which are posted here together with a useful discussion of the issues. While these are not specifically endorsed by the EFPA, they may help interested readers have an idea of the sort of guidance we are working towards. 

  • Ethical Guidelines for Supervision: Teaching, Research, Practice, and Administration was adopted by the Canadian Psychological Association on 7 February 2009. The document was prepared by the CPA Committee on Ethics Supervision Guidelines Sub-Committee consisting of Jean Pettifor (Chair), Michelle McCarron, Greg Schoepp, Cannie Stark, and Don Stewart.
  • Jean L. Pettifor, Michelle C. E. McCarron, Greg Schoepp, Cannie Stark, & Don Stewart 2010 Resource guide for psychologists: ethical supervision in teaching, research, practice, and administration. Canadian Psychological Association.

Also below documents can be recommended:

  • Falender, Carol A., and Edward P. Shafranske. Clinical supervision: A competency-based approach. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2004.
  • Falender, Carol A., and Edward P. Shafranske. "The Importance of Competency-based Clinical Supervision and Training in the Twenty-first Century: Why Bother?." Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy 42.3 (2012): 129-137.

Falender, Carol A., Theodore R. Burnes, and Michael V. Ellis. "Multicultural Clinical Supervision and Benchmarks Empirical Support Informing Practice and Supervisor Training." The Counseling Psychologist 41.1 (2013): 8-27.


Also, APA produced new guidelines in this area: Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology