HomePhilippine Journal of Counseling Psychologyvol. 12 no. 1 (2010)

From Inside Looking In: How Practicum Students Experience Supervision

Niño Jose Mateo



A survey was conducted to understand how supervision is being delivered at the sites. Fifteen graduate students taking up their Master's and Doctoral practicum were interviewed about their supervision experiences. The interviews focused on how they define supervision as well as how they describe their supervisors, the sites and the supervision sessions. The respondents defined supervision in terms related to guidance, mentoring and consultation. They reported supervisors who are accommodating and approachable, yet busy and overburdened. They also reported a lack of appropriate supervision focus and insufficient monitoring from both the academic institution and the site. They reported, however, a general satisfaction in their supervision experience. Results were compared to current ideal standards of supervision. Recommendations were given for the further improvement of the delivery of supervision.