No Hay Rosas Sin Espinas: Conceptualizing Latina-Latina Supervision from a Multicultural Developmental Supervisory Model
Training and Education in Professional Psychology
American Psychological Association
Latina mental health professionals encounter many opportunities and challenges in professional settings. As Latinas increasingly enter the profession, we are now having our first opportunity to supervise another Latina. This opportunity is often greeted with great excitement and anticipation; however, it also presents unique professional challenges. These challenges often include, but are not limited to, the potential to blur boundaries in an unhealthy manner, idealization and then unmet expectations, overidentification, and cultural misunderstandings based on ethnic differences. Little has been written about Latina-Latina supervisory dyad relationships. Few Latina psychologists have had formal training in providing supervision to other Latinas and yet the future promises to increase these types of experiences. The authors developed a Multicultural Developmental Supervisory Model (MDSM) that integrates specific Latina/o multicultural counseling competencies and Latina/o ethnic identity theory, with developmental theories of supervision. The MDSM is designed to identify the complex processes that influence the supervision dyad in an effort to provide guidance and support to the supervisor and the supervisee as well as the institutions in which supervision takes place.
Field, L., Korell-Chavez, S., & Domenech Rodríguez, M.M. (2008). No hay rosa sin espina: Opportunities and challenges in Latina-Latina supervision. Manuscript under review at Training and Education in Professional Psychology.