Evidence-Based Supervision: Take-away points from research to guide best practice

Dr Aisling McMahon

Wednesday, 25 May 2022


Regular clinical supervision of practice has a long tradition in some healthcare professions and is being increasingly recognised and established as standard practice across a broader range of disciplines. In the past, professionals became clinical supervisors without dedicated training for the role, and they typically inherited the supervisor mantle simply as a result of time served in the field. However, in recent years, clinical supervision has been internationally recognised as a distinct professional practice in its own right, deserving of focused training, study and research. This webinar will consider some key areas of research and their findings regarding clinical supervision to date, and will highlight what the implications are for best practice in this area. This webinar will be of interest to healthcare professionals (both supervisors and supervisees) who are working at the coalface with complex client needs, as well as to healthcare managers who are concerned about the welfare, capability and resilience of their workforce.

The event will be equivalent to 1.1/2hrs of CPD.


This webinar will offer an overview of the research literature on clinical supervision. Five main themes will be identified in the research to date, and findings from key research studies will be critically considered in terms of their implications for best practice. There will also be an opportunity for participants to reflect on how the research evidence can inform their own supervision practice going forward.

Learning Objectives

• To gain an overview of the current evidence base in relation to clinical supervision in the helping professions
• To be guided in critically considering key research studies and their implications for best practice
• To gain knowledge about five key themes in the supervision research literature
• To reflect on the implications of research findings for developing own supervision practice

Training Modalities

Didactic content, reflective exercises and Q & A.

Key References

Hawkins, P., & McMahon, A. (2020). Supervision in the helping professions (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill Open University Press (Chapter 15: review of research evidence).
McMahon, A., Jennings, C., & O’Brien, G. A naturalistic, observational study of the Seven-Eyed model of supervision. (under review with The Clinical Supervisor)
Kovic, D., & McMahon, A. Building trust in an ‘arranged marriage’: Supervisees’ experience of power dynamics in workplace supervision. (under review with Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy).
McMahon, A. (2020). Five reflective touchstones to foster supervisor humility. The Clinical Supervisor, 39(2), 158-177. https://doi.org/10.1080/07325223.2020.1827332
McMahon, A., & Errity, D. (2014). From new vistas to life lines: Psychologists’ satisfaction with supervision and confidence in supervising. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 21(3), 264-275. https:/doi.org/10.1002/cpp.1835.
McMahon, A. (2014). Four guiding principles for the supervisory relationship. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 15(3), 333-346.

About the presenter

Dr. Aisling McMahon is a clinical psychologist, integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, and is also in the final stages of training as a group analyst. She works as an Assistant Professor in Dublin City University Ireland where she teaches on postgraduate psychotherapy and clinical supervision training programmes. With Peter Hawkins, Aisling is co-author of the 5th ed. of Supervision in the Helping Professions (2020), she has written various academic and professional papers on clinical supervision (available at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aisling-Mcmahon-2), and she regularly presents national and international supervision workshops and research papers. Her specialist interests are clinical supervision and practitioner development from training to retirement.

Who should attend

This webinar is recommended for all health professionals engaged in or interested in clinical supervision, of various disciplines and in varied contexts and settings. The webinar is particularly suitable for supervisors and managers of healthcare services, but is also relevant for supervisees at any stage of their professional career.