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					                                                THE FORUM
                                                The 1DM is an integrated reconceptu-       proffered stage-appropriate supervision
                                             alization of two very well-known and          environments that provide the impetus
     The Supervision of                      long-standing developmental models of         for trainee movement through and
  Psychological Assessment:                  clinical supervision, the counselor com-      across the three developmental stages.
   Toward Parsimony and                      plexity model (CCM; Stoltenberg, 1981)        As well, Stoltenberg and associates
     Empirical Evidence                      and the model of supervision forwarded        have noted the effects of gender, race-
                                             by Loganbill, Hardy, and Delworth             ethnicity, and social psychological in-
      for Developmental                      (1982). Stoltenberg's early model has         fluences on the development of train-
     Supervision Theory                      been identified as the most heuristic         ees in supervision (e.g., Stoltenberg,
                                             model of supervision to date and has          McNeill, & Crethar, 1995) and, finally,
Loreto R. Prieto and Cal D. Stoltenberg      been supported by several studies that        have even outlined a general model pos-
         University of Oklahoma              secured empirical evidence for its theo-      iting the professional development of su-
                                             retical assertions and associated devel-      pervisors! Therefore, given the current
   Finkelstein and Tuckman's (1997) re-      opmental constructs (for reviews, see         proliferation of developmental models
cent essay regarding psychology train-       Bernard & Goodyear, 1992; Russell,            of supervision (at least 25-30 distinct
ees' development of skill and knowledge      Crimmings, & Lent, 1984; Stoltenberg,         models; cf. Watkins, 1996), many of
bases in psychological assessment draws      McNeill, & Crethar, 1994; andWorthing-        which reflect the basic constructs al-
attention to a generally underexplored       ton, 1987). The current form of Stolten-      ready established by the CCM and IDM,
area of training and supervision. In their   berg's model, the IBM, has also garnered      it appears more parsimonious, expedi-
article, the authors discussed an 8-stage    empirical support (e.g., McNeill, Stol-       ent, and heuristic to focus conceptual
model; within each of these proposed         tenberg, & Romans, 1992).                     and investigative efforts on an already
stages, they pointed out the main learn-        As aforementioned, the IDM has not         established and comprehensive model of
ing goals for trainees and noted how         only already established Finkelstein and      clinical supervision that has enjoyed
trainees will react toward supervision       TUckman's (1997) notions regarding            over 15 years of direct and indirect em-
of their assessment activities. In Fin-      trainees' developmental progression of        pirical support, as opposed to creating
kelstein and luckman's model, trainees       learning psychological assessment, but        and researching new models.
move from an initially anxious, self-fo-     it has also explicated the general profes-       In addition, Finkelstein and Tuckman
cused, and supervision-dependent posi-       sional development of trainees in a much      (1997) forwarded assertions in their
tion with respect to conducting psy-         more comprehensive yet parsimonious           model that are not quite in line with
chological assessments and completing        fashion than Finkelstein and Tuckman's        what is known empirically about the
written reports, to a point where they       model. The IDM outlines a continuous          way in which trainees learn to conduct
acquire a firm base of knowledge and         process of trainee growth and develop-        psychological assessments; the authors
experience in psychological assessment,      ment across three developmental stages        claimed instead that "little has been
develop a holistic awareness of the myr-     (rather than eight), along three develop-     written to formalize the process by
iad of factors influencing this activity,    mental structures (autonomy—train-            which novices gain experience and be-
and, finally, acquire a stable sense of      ee's sense of independence from the su-       come proficient in this valuable area of
confidence in performing assessments         pervisor; motivation—trainee's sense          professional practice" (p. 92). To illus-
without direct supervision. Unfortu-         of consistency, goodness-of-fit, and          trate one of the points where Finkelstein
nately, Finkelstein and Tuckman's pro-       identity in his or her professional duties;   and Tuckman's model is incongruent
posed model unwittingly essentially re-      and, self & other awareness—trainee's         with the rather voluminous extant re-
iterated conceptualizations found within     sense of the complex interaction among        search evidence, Slate and associates
an already established and empirically       self, client, and environment), and           have generated an impressive amount of
supported comprehensive developmental        across eight professional domains (pro-       empirical studies regarding the teaching
model of clinical supervision, the inte-     fessional ethics, treatment plans &           and training of graduate students to con-
grated developmental model (JDM;             goals, theoretical orientation, individual    duct intelligence tests (Patterson, Slate,
Stoltenberg & Delworth, 1987; Stol-          differences, client conceptualization,        Jones, & Steger, 1995; Slate & Jones,
tenberg, McNeill, & Del worth, in press).    interpersonal assessment, assessment          1989, 1990a, 1990b; Slate, Jones,
Furthermore, given some of the assertions    techniques, and intervention skills com-      Coulter, & Covert, 1992; Slate, Jones, &
present in Finkelstein and Tuckman's         petence). On the basis of Hunt's (1971)       Murray, 1991; Slate, Jones, Murray, &
model, they apparently have failed to ac-    conceptual matching model of educa-           Coulter, 1993; Whitten. Slate, Jones,
count for established research findings      tional environments (see Miller, 1981,        Shine, &. Raggio, 1994). Among the
in the areas of developmental supervi-       and Stoppard & Miller, 1985, for re-          many findings from this nearly decade-
sion and the teaching of psychological       views of conceptual systems theory),          long program of research are those that
assessment.                                  Stoltenberg and associates have also          indicate that even after trainees conduct
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 as many as 10 or more practice adminis-         Finkelstein and Tuckman (1997) have                 Slate, J., & Jones, C. (I990a). Identifying stu-
 trations of intelligence tests (a number     made a positive contribution to the litera-              dents' errors in administering the WAIS-R.
of administrations, incidentally, that is     ture in presenting their ideas; their overall            Psychology in the Schools, 27, 83-87.
higher than what the typical intelligence     developmental perspective toward this                  Slate, J., & Jones, C. (1990b). Student error
 testing course offers; cf. Oakland &         topic dovetails well with the established                in administering the WISC-R: Identifying
                                                                                                       problem areas. Measurement and Evalua-
 Zimmerman, 1986), trainees still con-        Zeitgeist, and through their essay we are
                                                                                                       tion in Counseling and Development, 23,
 tinue to commit administration errors at     able to benefit from their considerable
                                                                                                        137-139.
 an astounding rate. Furthermore, the em-     experience as supervisors of psychologi-
                                                                                                     Slate, J., Jones, C., Coulter, C., & Covert, T
pirical evidence suggests that even well-     cal assessment activities. However, as ac-
                                                                                                       (1992). Practitioner's administration and
 seasoned clinicians (e.g., a sample with     ademicians and clinical supervisors, we
                                                                                                       scoring of the WISC-R: Evidence that we
an average of 8 years experience and          must be careful to proceed with our                      do err. Journal of School Psychology, 30,
 an average of 570 test administrations       teaching in a manner that is consistent                  77-82.
 already conducted) still make a remark-      with our empirical research and knowl-                 Slate, J., Jones, C., & Murray, R. (1991).
able number of errors when administer-        edge bases, and we must be sure to rely                  Teaching administration and scoring of the
ing and scoring intelligence tests. The       on established and validated models of                   Wechsler Adult     Intelligence   Scale—Re-
data and information provided by this         supervision to guide our training efforts.               vised: An empirical evaluation of practice
body of research evidence clearly imply                                                                administrations. Professional Psychology:
that we must take great care with how                                                                  Research and Practice, 22, 375-379.
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