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.

The Lived Experience of Supervisors in Rural Settings

Lauren Paulson


The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine 10 supervisors’ experiences providing supervision in rural areas. This study used focus groups and individual interviews to understand the essence of providing rural supervision. Qualitative analysis revealed the following themes that impact the functioning and development of rural supervisors: rural interdependence, lack of resources, role overload, isolation, and ethical and cultural challenges. Implications for the training and support of rural supervisors are discussed and directions for future research are presented.

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