Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling & Human Services

Committee Director

Kaprea F. Johnson

Committee Member

Norou Diawara

Committee Member

Narketta Sparkman-Key


The addiction counseling clinical supervision literature has been limited in empirical studies focusing on best practices. Researchers have reported as much as 30 percent of addiction counselors are not receiving clinical supervision at all (Culbreth, 1999; Schmidt, 2012). Addiction counselors enter the field with a variety of credentials that can range from paraprofessional to graduate degrees. The inconsistent practices of clinical supervision in the addiction counseling field and limited research warrants concern for counselors’ professional development. Survey data was examined from 84 addiction counselors’ satisfaction with the frequency and quality of clinical supervision received based on professional credentials, years of experience, and analyzed the components of clinical supervision that predict higher ratings of satisfaction among addiction counselors. The findings showed that quality of clinical supervision and structure and support received in clinical supervision were significant predictors of addiction counselors’ satisfaction with clinical supervision. The limitations identified were related to online self-report data and generalizability due to sample size. Future research suggestions are included.


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