Distance supervision or telesupervision refers to clinical supervision conducted by using technology such as telephone, email or video conferencing. Videoconferencing is the use of video in real time to connect and this includes the use of platforms such as Skype. This usually occurs when the supervisor and supervisee are not co-located. With the rise of social media, tools such as blog, micro-blog, wiki, video chat, virtual world, podcast, and social networks can also play a role in telesupervision.
Telesupervision has the potential to achieve the same benefits as face-to-face supervision and offers a very promising approach to supervision, particularly for geographically isolated practitioners (
Use of Technology for TeleSupervision Continuity
Telesupervision is likely to be more successful when the involved parties prioritize continuity over co-location. This means that the disadvantage created by the increased distance between the supervisor and the supervisee in a telesupervision partnership is overcome by increased supervisor availability between supervision sessions.
Ad hoc contact between the supervision sessions may take the form of an email and/or limited to critical times. This is best discussed upfront and revisited during regular telesupervision reviews.