ABSTRACT

The supervisory relationship is the heart and soul of the supervision experience, regardless of the experience and developmental level of the supervisee (Rønnestad & Skovholt, 1993). In fact, many believe a supervisor’s ability to create and maintain a positive working relationship with supervisees is as important-or more important-than technical supervisory skills (Borders, 1994; Dye, 1994). A safe, trusting environment, characterized by mutual respect, is required for a supervisee to be open to feedback, to be willing to learn and change (Borders, 2001).