Clinical Supervision in South Korea and the United States: A Comparative Descriptive Study

Eunjung Son, Michael V. Ellis, Sung Kyung Yoo

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To provide cross-cultural empirical data for the advancement of supervisor competencies, we investigated differences in clinical supervision between South Korean and the United States from the supervisees’ perspective. Specifically, the comparative descriptive study had 191 South Korean and 187 U.S. supervisee participants receiving clinical supervision. Pursuing a hypothesis testing approach, comparative descriptive data across several variables suggested that there were more similarities than differences between supervision practices between the two cultures. Implications for theory, research, and practice were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-65
Number of pages18
JournalCounseling Psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by the Korean Government (MOEHRD) (KRF-2004-037-H00013).


  • clinical supervision
  • cross-cultural supervision
  • cultural differences
  • multicultural supervision
  • supervisees’ perceptions


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