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Table 3 Interview schedule for interviews on recorded supervision sessions

From: Developing psychotherapists’ competence through clinical supervision: protocol for a qualitative study of supervisory dyads

Interview topic Sample topic questions: Supervisors Sample topic questions: Supervisees
Background to supervision session · Can you give me some background to your supervision of this supervisee? · Can you give some background to your practice and what you are seeking from supervision?
  · How would you describe the type of supervision you are providing for this supervisee? · How did you select your supervisor?
   · How would you describe the type of supervision you are receiving?
Focus & expectations · What was the focus of the session? · What was the focus of the session for you – what were you wanting?
  · What expectations did this supervisee have for the supervision? · What expectations do you have for the supervision and how are these being met?
Most significant aspect · What was the most significant part of the session for you? Why? · What was the most significant part of the session for you? Why?
How theory is applied · Can you describe how your theoretical framework is guiding your approach here?  
  · How are you applying your theory to the stage of development of this supervisee?  
Helpful aspects · What do you think is particularly helpful in this supervision session? · Can you give some specific examples of helpful supervision experiences? What made it helpful?
   · What do you think is particularly helpful in this supervision session?
   · What do you think you gained from the supervision session?
Unhelpful supervision What did you do that was helpful/unhelpful in this session? · Have you had any examples of unhelpful supervision – can you describe this?
   · What was helpful/unhelpful in this session?
Supervisory relationship · How do you think the supervisee views you / your supervisory relationship? · How would you describe your supervisory relationship?
Impact of supervision · What do you think your supervisee gained from the supervision session? · How has this session impacted on your work with this client?
  · How do you think this session may assist the supervisee in future work with their client? · How do you think this session may assist you in future work with this client?
   · How did this influence your work with the client?