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Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice

Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice

The next generation of supervision


April 2012 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Next Generation of Supervision Practices in Clinical Settings

Author Jeffrey K. Edwards reframes the model of supervision, management, and leadership in clinical practice using an approach that focuses on collaboration and strength-building, with supervisees as competent stakeholders in their work with clients. Deconstructing the usual top-down hierarchy, this text leads the reader through the full range of supervision practices, from the clinical aspects to the administration of all organizations where clinicians are trained, supervised, and encouraged to excel and grow. Edwards starts with a review of the traditional clinical supervision model (two full chapters) and moves on to his strengths-based model, which covers agency and organizational work—all examined using a contemporary, social construction approach.


Part I- In the Beginning
1. The History and Traditions of Clinical Supervision
2. Executive Skills of Strengths-Based Supervision
Part II- A Time for a Change to a New Model
3. A Time for Change
4. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision Primer: Social Constructivism and Postmodernism
5. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision Primer: From the Roots of Psychology
6. Larger Systems: Strengths-Based Management and Leadership
Part III- Faces of Strength: Putting my Currency where my Mouth Is
7. Supervision Sessions and Personnel Management: Vantage Point, Point of View, and Perspective
8. Two Case Studies
Part IV- Moving into the Future
9. Lessons Learned and Where to from Here?
10. Epilogue

I have recommended this text to students who are completing four year B Sc nursing and about to undertake 36 week internship programme prior to registration. The advantage of this text is its adoption of a strengths based approach which is the foundation of my teaching approach for practice intervention in mental health setting. The intention of recommending this text is to provide students with supplemental reading and future direction relating to professional supervision.

Dr Ann Sheridan
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin
November 28, 2012

Probable use Fall 2013

Mr Barry Schecter
Health , SUNY Cortland
November 8, 2012

Useful for group and individual supervision practice. Informative and easy to navigate through the chapters.

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
October 31, 2012

Useful overview of progressive ways to provide supervision that mirror therapy and allows supervisors to model positive relationship buliding styles during supervision, thereby encouraging supervisees to adopt similar positive styles during therapy.

Mr Chardworth Dhliwayo
Translational Medicine / School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
September 28, 2012

a really encouraging and positive approach to what some new professionals find challenging

Mr Timothy Wallis
Health, University Campus Oldham
September 17, 2012

good book but quite in a specialised field

Paul Davis
Counselling, Queen's University Belfast
September 10, 2012

Useful book to supplement existing text

Dr Els Van Ooijen
School of Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport
September 5, 2012

Supervisory models - helpful to recap from the strengths perspective.

Interpersonal relationship skills including conflict resolution is covered well.

Vignettes helpful but clearly US centric. Also UK people need to be aware of US legislation being cited.

Mrs Sue Williams
Centre for Social Work, Nottingham University
September 3, 2012
Key features


  • Broad and rich tone for all who are interested in providing excellent supervision at any level
  • Complete review of the supervisory field to date with historical perspective and reviews of traditional clinical supervision models
  • Comprehensive presentation of the strengths-based model, which includes narrative- and solutions-focused concepts, as well as positive psychology and organizational/leadership management methods and theories
  • Theory and application suggestions of how to apply these to clinical supervisory settings
  • Vignettes and case studies with real-life examples of supervision practices in action
  • Emphasis on multicultural and cross-cultural influences on the field of supervision with an excellent review of the literature on cultural considerations in clinical supervision
  • Alternative methods and theories of change at the macro level that parallel those of strengths-based clinical work

Sample Materials & Chapters


ch 1 & 2

ch 5

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