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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.

An Empirical Method for Spot-Checking Supervision Videotapes

Nicole A. Stargell


Supervision is a highly-supported tool for guiding counselors through growth and development, and supervisors are encouraged to watch videotapes of their supervisees’ counseling sessions as part of this process. Supervisors might choose to watch a supervisee’s entire videotape, or they might choose to watch specific segments, which is called spot-checking. Through statistical analysis, an empirically-supported method for spot-checking has been identified; supervisors can watch minutes 0–5, 15–20, 30–35, and 40–45 of a counseling video (20 minutes total) to obtain a representative sample of the entire video.

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