Supervision: The Supervisory Conference One component of the supervisory process is the supervisory conference. The supervisory conference is a dynamic phenomenon of clinical practice in the field of speech-language pathology. The supervisory conference “is not a singular event, but part of an ongoing communicative process” (Houle, 1990, p. 118). The conference serves as ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2007
Supervision: The Supervisory Conference
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  • Kathleen Ward
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Elizabeth Zylla JonesColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Supervision
Article   |   March 01, 2007
Supervision: The Supervisory Conference
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2007, Vol. 17, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aas17.1.7
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2007, Vol. 17, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aas17.1.7
One component of the supervisory process is the supervisory conference. The supervisory conference is a dynamic phenomenon of clinical practice in the field of speech-language pathology. The supervisory conference “is not a singular event, but part of an ongoing communicative process” (Houle, 1990, p. 118). The conference serves as more than just a forum for instructional issues that arise during the clinical process. According to Pickering (1984), the conference may be seen as “a place for interpersonal and intrapersonal growth” (p. 193). According to Houle, the supervisory conference provides opportunity for integration of “personal needs with role expectations, while at the same time providing an opportunity for assessing speech-language pathologists’ attitudes, concepts, and skills” (p. 119). The importance and scope of the supervisory conference cannot be overstated. There is much to be studied about the phenomenon that is supervisory conferencing. Three aspects of the supervisory conference worthy of discussion include effectiveness, direct versus indirect conferencing style, and discourse.
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