Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


Supervision; State Agencies; Turnover Intention

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling


The demand for counselors continues to grow and agencies continue to look for strategies that will retain their counselors. While improving employee retention requires multiple regular and ongoing actions at all levels of an organization, supporting supervisors to provide quality interactions with counselors could be part of the solution. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between supervision preferences and turnover intention among counselors employed in state agencies. Researchers solicited information regarding the supervision activities that counselors preferred to receive compared to the supervision activities they actually received. Instead of asking what counselors need regarding supervision, this study asked what counselors want. In general, results indicated that the smaller the difference between actual and desired supervision the more counselors stated a desire to stay employed in their current organization. Findings suggest that attending to the supervision preferences of counselors could be part of the solution to helping counselors feel motivated to stay employed in their agency.

Included in

Counseling Commons



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