Systemic Supervision, the last frontier: Towards a scale that measures systemic supervision

Catherine Butler, Mark Rivett, Zoe Hallack, Harris Madeline

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This paper describes the development of a scale for measuring systemic supervision which is called the Systemic Supervision Rating Scale (the 3D-SSRS). This scale was developed through a thematic synthesis of the systemic supervision literature, which included 137 papers on the subject. The scale was then subjected to a face validity investigation via a series of qualitative focus groups. These groups included both supervisors of supervision and students on an AFT Accredited Supervision training. Focus groups were held at the beginning and at the end of the course to understand how useful the 3D-SSRS was to supervision practice. The 3D-SSRS uses a 7-point scale to rate supervision practice, but also prioritises qualitative comments, in 11 dimensions including the supervisory relationship, context of supervision, developmental stage of supervisee, development of systemic skills and thinking and attention to power and difference.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Therapy
Publication statusAcceptance date - 4 Mar 2021


  • Clinical Supervision
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Systemic Supervision
  • Rating Scale

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