Poster Abstract

Pilot Survey of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT) Supervisors to Determine their Supervisory Practice and Learning Needs (P066)

Diana Kljenak (University of Toronto)


Effective clinical supervision is an essential part of the training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Our aim is to conduct a survey of CBT supervisors that will serve as a platform for the development of faculty development program for CBT supervisors.


We piloted an anonymous self-administered questionnaire survey to CBT supervisors who have attended a supervisory peer support group. The survey included questions on kind of training CBT supervisors have had, supervisory methods they currently use and their perceived educational needs.


12 supervisors were invited to participate, and 7 responded (58%). Most (86%) trained CBT by attending various workshops. Only 43% have attended a formal teaching/supervision course.100% of the respondents were interested in receiving further training in CBT supervision with 86% of the respondents believing that this training should be done through a formal course.


This pilot survey has provided a baseline analysis of CBT supervisors’ supervisory practice and educational needs. Surveyed CBT supervisors have expressed a strong need to receive further training in CBT supervision through a formal course.