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The Intentional Use of the Parallel Process During Cross-Cultural Counseling Supervision.
Rhonda L. Norman
The parallel process is a very prominent aspect of the supervision relationship
(Bernard & Goodyear, 2014). The traditional view of the parallel process is one
in which the supervisee presents some characteristic of the client during
supervision. Embracing the more contemporary view of the parallel process
being bidirectional, in which the supervisee presents characteristics of the
supervisor during the counseling meeting, could prove fruitful in facilitating
cross-cultural counseling supervision and the support of cross-cultural counseling
competencies for counselors-in-training. This contemporary view is highlighted
in a discussion about the development of a strong working alliance in the
supervision dyad, a case vignette, and seven best practices that supervisors can
use in cross-cultural counseling supervision.
Keywords: parallel process, cross-cultural supervision, supervision working