Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



Alfred Adler; Adlerian Psychology; clinical supervision, theoretical underpinnings, professional identity, critical review

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education


Authors conducted a critical review of the Adlerian clinical supervision literature published between 1989 and 2020. Results indicated that of the 13 identified articles, all of which were conceptual, there were three emergent topical trends, including a) Adlerian Psychology-based supervision models, b) second generation and/or integrated models, and c) supervision modalities. Careful examination of the theoretical underpinnings of Adlerian Psychology and its synthesis into clinical supervision exposed a significant yet rarely addressed issue in academia and practice: the fundamental theoretical differences within the Adlerian framework. Authors discuss the potential implications of these unacknowledged differences, including untapped potential for application of Adlerian supervision in counselor training and practice.



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