VISTAS Counselor Education and Supervision

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Lifting the Empathy Veil: Engaging in Competent Supervision

Kathleen A. Brown-Rice and Susan Furr


Counselor educators and supervisors (CES) have an important role to assist counselors-in-training in their development as professional counselors. As part of this process, educators and supervisors must intervene when they see a trainee who is demonstrating behaviors or attitudes that would inhibit the trainee’s ability to engage in competent and ethical client care. However, some CES are reticent to enter into gatekeeping and remediation practices. The purpose of this article is to examine the concept of CES having an Empathy Veil that impedes their gatekeeping attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, the role of empathy and other components of this veil will be defined, the consequences of allowing counselors-in-training to gateslip will be examined, and recommendations for CES to overcome the effect of the Empathy Veil will be explored.

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