Clinical Supervision Research- Recruiting for Study

If you are interested in participating in our ongoing IRB approved research on SAGE, an instrument designed to reliably observe supervisory behavior and learning outcomes within the supervision session, please contact me at We are currently seeking clinical site partners to participate in our current study on the reliability and validity of SAGE.

I have been working with a British psychologist, Derek Milne, examining the effects of implementing an evidence-based supervision model in a series of pilot studies. I was trained in the enhanced supervision model by having audiotapes of my weekly supervision rated on a process evaluation scale (SAGE) developed with Dr. Milne and receiving weekly feedback on improving the process of supervision.

My current research interests include improving clinical supervision and training using an evidence-based supervision model. Although theoretically positioned at the heart of clinical training, empirical research on clinical supervision continues to be sadly neglected. Current accounts of supervision rely heavily on a psychotherapy-based model.

The goal of our initial pilot study was to determine whether enhanced supervision could lead to improved training outcomes for students and clients. Using a longitudinal N=1 multiple baseline design, we compared supervision enhanced by consultation and feedback, a formal rating scale (SAGE) and use of evidence-based guidelines to standard CBT supervision. Results are now published in a series of articles:

Milne, D.L.,& Reiser, R. (2012).  Observing competence in CBT supervision: A systematic review of the available instruments. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 4, 89-100. 

 Milne, D.L., Reiser, R.P., & Cliffe, T. (2012). An N=1 evaluation of enhanced CBT supervision. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-12.  doi: 10.1017/S1352465812000434

Milne, D.L., Reiser, R.P., Cliffe, T., Breese, L, Boon, A., Raine, R, & Scarratt, P. (2011). A qualitative comparison of cognitive-behavioural and evidence-based clinical supervision.  The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 4, 152-166.  

 Milne, D.L., Reiser, R., Cliffe, T. & Raine, R(2011). SAGE: preliminary evaluation of an instrument for observing competence in CBT supervision. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. 4, 123–138

The materials below may be provided courtesy of Dr. Milne.

1) SAGE Rating Scale--An instrument designed to rate behaviors observed in supervision to assess competence.
2) Sage Training Manual --The coding manual for SAGE.
3) Recruitment for Research Study Flyer --If you are a clinical supervisor, please consider joining our study.

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Robert Reiser,
Jul 6, 2013, 2:23 PM