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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.10 No.1 pp.85-97

Clinical Supervision: Working with Military Veterans and Service Members

Neil E. Duchac1, Catherine Stower2, Jennifer Bledsoe1, Tami Frye3, William C. Attridge4, Jocelyn Sherman4
1 Kennesaw State University
2 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
3 Walden University
4 Capella University
Corresponding Author
Neil Duchac, Kennesaw State University, 520 Parliament Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144


Clinical supervision is a vital part of the educational process and is tied universally to academic and professional competencies. One area of clinical supervision that has not been addressed in the literature is the clinical supervision of veterans and of current or recently retired service members seeking to be master and doctoral level practitioners. Duchac and Stower (2011) developed a model for providing clinical supervision to these individuals. The Military Model of Supervision depicts and explores four possible combinations of supervisor and supervisee relationships. Additionally, other pertinent factors of military culture and experience that influence the supervisory relationship and the conceptualization of treatment with both veteran and non-veteran clients are noted. The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief historical context of supervision in the field of counseling and to discuss this supervisory model in detail within the confines of clinical supervision in academic, community, and private practice settings. Factors influencing both the supervisor and supervisee relationships will be identified and discussed. Moreover, the power differential, which is atypical of current supervision models, will be explored. Implications for practice, remediation, development, and maintenance will also be discussed.