Photo-synthesis: Facilitating Goal Setting in Supervision Using Images and Creativity

Joseph M. Currin, Colton A. Brown, Brent W. Schneider

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One of the most important aspects of clinical supervision is goal-setting. In the early stages of supervision, supervisees may find it difficult to connect authentically with their supervisors due to the inherent power differential in supervision. Difficulty connecting may be exacerbated when students are attempting to set goals regarding their areas for growth. Based on literature reviewed on the counselor-client relationship, the authors posit that using images may increase vulnerability between supervisors and supervisees. Additionally, the authors introduce relational-cultural theory as a framework for connecting authentically through creative images. The authors present examples of using images in individual and group supervision, specifically employing The Coaching Game made by Points of You.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-198
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Creativity in Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2020


  • Relational cultural theory
  • clinical supervision
  • creativity in counseling
  • creativity in supervision


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