Supervision is a process in which supervisees and supervisors learn from one another and is also commonly described as “the monitoring of practice” in the field of talking therapies (see BABCP Supervision supplement 2005).  Each may have different levels of experience and knowledge, but like all collaborative relationships, each learns from the other.  Our supervision is very much informed by Motivational Interviewing, maintaining the spirit of MI, it is evocative and not expert led.  It is also informed by CBT; it has a collaborative agenda, specific questions and home tasks to assist generalization.


Supervision may take a number of different formats, for example individual, group, telephone, email.


Supervision with Motivational Matters contains elements of the following:

Information Gathering

For effective supervision, it is important to understand the supervisee’s areas of competence and areas they would like to build upon.  This information may be gathered in a variety of ways, such as assessment, discussion or tape rating.  This allows the supervisor and supervisee to develop a clear understanding of what each brings to the relationship and what the goals are.  This can be reviewed at regular intervals.

Specific Questions

Supervisees are encouraged to develop specific questions to bring to supervision.  This may be a specific clinical question, be related to therapy skills such as formulations or CORE MI skills or strategic questions, such as where next.

Feedback and Learning

Drawing on the principles of MI and CBT, feedback is given using a positive and affirming style; first of all identifying what the supervisee has done well.  Feedback about what could be done differently is specific and discussed jointly, again, eliciting ideas and information from the supervisee.  Tape feedback can be given using standardized measures such as the Cognitive Therapy Scale (CTS) or Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Scale (MITI).

Learning is enhanced through role play and discussion about specific ideas for generalizing skills.  Information and literature is shared by both parties as appropriate.

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We are always happy to discuss ideas and requests for supervision as it is a vital and integral part of training.