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Special Issue Call for Papers

Clinical Supervision in Implementation Science Research

Submission deadline
25 October 2019

Implementation science is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary area of scientific study focused on identifying methods to foster the real-world application of empirical findings, such as evidence-based practices (EBPs) in mental/behavioral health, as a means of improving the quality of community-based care. Researchers in this area have increasingly found that training alone is not sufficient for achieving clinician adherence, fidelity, and quality in employing EPBs.

Recently, implementation scientists have turned their attention to the potential of clinical supervision as a potential bridge between research and practice for EBPs, yet supervision of EBPs “is notably under-investigated” (Dorsey et al., 2013), especially in the public sector. In addition, what knowledge has been gained through these studies of clinical supervision have rarely been published in mainstream training and supervision journals. As a result, many supervisors may be unaware of the potential contributions of this work to their own supervision practice and research.

Thus, the purpose of this special issue is to bring insights from implementation science supervision research to the attention of the broader clinical supervision community. Although this work is typically focused on particular EBP treatments (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Multi-Systemic Therapy, SBIRT), this research may be instructive for the broader supervision community in several ways, including effective supervision practices that are related to both therapist behavior and client outcomes, as well as innovative research designs.

Submission instructions

Outline for Special Issue Proposals
(Proposals should be 1-2 pages, double spaced)

  • Topic and focus
  • Type of manuscript (e.g., literature review, original research)
  • Overview (or outline) of content to be included
  • Author(s) expertise relevant to the special issue, manuscript topic and focus

Timeline for Special Issue
The implementation science supervision research special issue will adhere to the following timeline:

  • Submission of brief proposals – October 25, 2019 (Please send to both editors)
  • Editors’ feedback/response to brief proposals – December 15, 2019
  • Submission of manuscripts – June 1, 2020
  • Review of manuscripts completed – September 1, 2020
  • Submission of revised manuscripts – December 1, 2020
  • Due to publisher – February 15, 2021
  • Publication – June 2021

Potential authors should submit any questions to both special issue editors: Sarah Kate Bearman (skbearman@austin.utexas.edu) and L. DiAnne Borders (borders@uncg.edu)

Special issue Editors Bearman and Borders seek manuscripts addressing topics, populations, and issues presented below. Researchers and scholars from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, across global contexts, are encouraged to submit proposals (see below). Both literature reviews and original research studies and related works are appropriate for this special issue.

  • Clinical supervision of a specific EBP, perhaps in a specific setting and with a specific population (e.g., TF-CBT for children in community-based agencies) – essential components, desired outcome variables, empirical support, etc.
  • Overview of research agenda and its evolution conducted by a researcher/scholar and/or research team focused on implementation science supervision research – overview of results of studies to date, lessons learned around conducting research on supervision, suggestions for researchers and practitioners, etc.
  • Exploration of clinical supervision dynamics (e.g., supervisory relationship, cultural influences, parallel process, countertransference) in EBP supervision
  • Clinical supervision modalities (i.e., individual, group, triadic, peer) appropriate to EBP supervision
  • Who are the clinical supervisors in EBP practice and research? Supervisor characteristics (e.g., clinical training and experience) and implications for training, research, and practice
  • Role of supervision consultants in EBP supervision – differences and commonalities of consultation and supervision in this context
  • Clinical supervision “as usual” vs. evidence-based clinical supervision
  • Research methodologies and designs particularly appropriate for implementation science supervision studies
  • Measures of variables created for implementation science supervision research (e.g., constructs measured, psychometrics of measures created and used in studies)
  • Challenges in designing and conducting implementation science supervision research
  • Supervisor training in implementation science - components, pedagogical foundations, procedures, and outcomes, as well as consideration of supervisor characteristics (clinical background and training, supervisors’ beliefs/assumptions/experience in the supervisor role), etc.
  • Systemic (e.g., agency, context) issues that can impede or promote effective supervision of EBPs
  • Emerging areas of supervision research and practice in implementation science

Guest Editor: Sarah Kate Bearman is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches evidence-based psychosocial interventions for children and adolescents to master’s and doctoral students in the School Psychology program, and supervises student clinical work. She has conducted research about the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP) for youth into community settings, with a particular focus on supervision as a way to support high-quality EBP implementation. E-mail: skbearman@austin.utexas.edu

Editor, The Clinical Supervisor: L. DiAnne Borders is the Burlington Industries Excellence Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches clinical supervision and supervises new doctoral supervisors there. She has conducted research and written extensively about clinical supervision practice and supervisor training and development. E-mail: borders@uncg.edu

The Clinical Supervisor is the only interdisciplinary and international journal exclusively devoted to the theory, research, and practice of clinical supervision.

All manuscripts should conform to the general instructions for authors writing for The Clinical Supervisor and, in particular, follow all style requirements and guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Manuscripts typically are 25-30 pages (including title page, abstract, references, tables and figures) and include an abstract of no more than 100 words. Manuscripts should be submitted through the ScholarOne system. Visit the journal homepage for more detailed information.