Challenges Faced By Ethnic Minority Supervisors

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Challenges Faced By Ethnic Minority Supervisors in Clinical Supervision
Personal Preparation My specialization paper will focus on the challenges faced by ethnic minority supervisors in clinical supervision. My paper is guided by the courses I took in the doctoral program, my personal experience as a supervisor and the gaps in literature review that motivated me to pursue this area of research. In the past two and a half years of my doctoral program, I took courses (advanced clinical supervision, advanced family counseling, and independent research in multicultural counseling supervision, multicultural literature for children and adolescents, and a course on survey design in educational research) to help me better understand the cross-cultural supervision and different challenges supervisor’s face in cross-cultural supervision. These courses helped me to look into how ethnicity and clinical supervision are related at a much deeper level, and how same/different ethnicity of supervisors and supervisee affect the supervision process. The UF doctoral program has given me a unique opportunity to supervise many supervisees from cultures (Chinese, Taiwanese, Hispanic, African American, and White Caucasian American) different than mine. As a result, I have experienced some challenges as a supervisor in the supervisory relationship that taught me how speaking about ones culture shapes the supervisory alliance. I have learned that I should communicate openly about my
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