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Dear Counselors-in-Training,

My name is Gideon Litherland and I am a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University. I appreciate your time and thank you for considering participating in this research, which is voluntary and anonymous.  As a counseling student in a CACREP-accredited university engaged in clinical supervision, I need your assistance with this study.

You are eligible to participate if you are (a) currently engaged in clinical supervision, (b) enrolled within a CACREP-accredited  specialty track in clinical mental health counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, addictions counseling, or marriage and family counseling.

The purpose of this study is to validate multiple instruments for use in supervision practice and research with counselors-in-training enrolled in CACREP-accredited programs.  If you choose to participate your responses will be recorded securely and remain confidential. Your participation and responses will not be reported to your supervisor, program, or school. If you agree to participate in this study you will complete the following:


  • Demographic questionnaire
  • Manchester Clinical Supervision Scale (MCSS-26)
  • Counseling Training Environment Scale (CTES)
  • Supervision Evaluation and Supervisor Competence (SE-SC)
  • Supervision Working Alliance Inventory-Trainee Version (SWAI-T)
  • Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale Short (MCSD-A)
  • Supervision Outcomes Scale (SOS)


Please note that you may discontinue participation in this study at any time, as your participation is voluntary.

At the end of this letter is a link to the study site.  If you decide to engage in the research as a participant, we will request your informed consent then proceed to the survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. After completing the survey in its entirety, you will be eligible to enter a drawing for one of eight $20 Starbucks gift cards. Your email address for this drawing will not be linked to your survey responses to maintain your confidentiality. The results of this survey will be analyzed and the data will be included in my dissertation and any subsequent publications.

If you choose to participate, or have questions about participating, or have questions about the study itself, then do not hesitate to reach out. My contact information is below along with the primary investigator and co-investigator. 


Thank you for considering participating in this study.




Gideon Litherland MA, LCPC (IL), CCMHC, BC-TMH, Doctoral Candidate

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Dr. Kok-Mun Ng, Principal Investigator

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Dr. Thom Field, Co-Investigator

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Study Title: Cross-Validation of Two Supervision Instruments with Counseling Trainees from CACREP-accredited Programs

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