Supervision Experiences of Rural School Counselors

  • Tara A. Wilson Wayne State College
  • Susan Schaeffer Chadron State College
  • Mary Alice Bruce University of Wyoming
Keywords: rural; supervision; school counselors; roles and responsibilities


This qualitative study explored the needs of professional school counselors and school counselor interns located in rural areas with regard to clinical supervision, consultation, and professional growth.  Four separate focus groups (n=21) were conducted.  To allow for consistency across focus groups, a series of six structured interview questions were used.  Results of the data analysis revealed six themes which included unique issues of rural school counselors, dynamics of rural living, supervision from school administrators, supporting development through technology, desire for increased connection through supervision, and the identification of roles and responsibilities.  Implications of this study indicate a crucial need to increase supervision training opportunities for current school counselors and interns.  Technology and active participation with professional organizations may provide a platform for rural school counselors to receive supervision training and offer increased professional connection to solidify their counseling identity.  


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Author Biographies

Tara A. Wilson, Wayne State College

Tara A. Wilson is an assistant professor in the School of Education and Counseling at Wayne State University.


Susan Schaeffer, Chadron State College

Susan Schaeffer is an associate professor in counselor education at Chadron State University.

Mary Alice Bruce, University of Wyoming

Mary Alice Bruce is a professor in counseling and department head of Professional Studies at the University of Wyoming.

How to Cite
Wilson, T. A., Schaeffer, S., & Bruce, M. A. (2018). Supervision Experiences of Rural School Counselors. The Rural Educator, 36(2).
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