A Contextual Behavioral Approach to the Role of Emotion in Psychotherapy Supervision

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Batten, S. V., & Santanello, A. P. (2009). A contextual behavioral approach to the role of emotion in psychotherapy supervision. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 3, 148-156.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
Professional Issues in Contextual Behavioral Science
Publication Type: 
ACT, Supervision, Training, Emotion

As behavior therapy expands to address problems related to private events, appropriate methods of supervision must be developed to train individuals to work with the full range of human experience, using a behavioral model. The authors suggest that therapists’ in-session emotions are an important source of information about the impact of clients’ behavior on others. Contextual behavior therapists may enhance their effectiveness in meeting clients’ needs by attending to the therapist’s own emotional responses. This paper provides a contextual behavioral rationale for including a focus on emotion in supervision, with a four-phase model for shaping early trainees’ ability to use their emotional reactions to facilitate therapy in a coherent manner.

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