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Developing Counsellor Supervision
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Developing Counsellor Supervision

  • Colin Feltham - Emeritus Professor of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Windy Dryden - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

June 2012 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Supervision is a professional and ethical necessity for all therapists, providing them with support and protecting clients from abuse. Relatively little has been written on the subject, however. This book aims to fill that gap. It contains thirty practical hints to help practitioners and trainee practitioners to develop and enhance the skills they need to be successful in their work. Encouraging, yet sensitive to the difficult issues that frequently arise in supervision, Developing Counselor Supervision covers such areas as creating a supervisory alliance, fostering the supervisory relationship, the use of tape recording, highlighting supervisees' strengths and weaknesses, and protecting the client and therapist.

 
Introduction
 
Creating a Supervisory Alliance
 
Utilizing a Variety of Supervisory Foci and Methods
 
Fostering and Using the Supervisory Relationship
 
Using the Developmental Opportunities of Supervision
 
Highlighting Supervisees' Strengths and Weaknesses
 
Protecting the Client and the Counsellor
 
Epilogue

`This is a very useful book... At a time when counselling supervision is being widely addressed, the authors have made a useful addition to the British literature... Their book offers valuable information on supervisory practice for supervisors at the start of their careers, and in a systematic way works through the issues that need addressing and which can occur in a supervisory relationship. It will also have some value to more experienced supervisors as a reference to areas that can be overlooked over a period of time in practice... I enjoyed the clarity with which it was written and the very comprehensive coverage' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

`A useful book that will assist in the development of counsellor supervision. Detailed discussion and exploration of issues involved in the British Association for Counselling Code of Ethics and practice for the supervision of counsellors is very useful, with excellent summaries of key points highlighted in boxes. The book focuses with great clarity on exploring the boundaries between personal therapy, supervision and training, with good case studies illustrating some of the dilemmas... I recommend this book' - Childline Newsletter

`Full of interesting key topics' - The Psychologist

`It is a fairly well established clich[ac]e that while supervision is recognised as a crucial component of good practice in psychotherapy and counselling, there is correspondingly little written about it... [this book is] a good step in redressing the balance... It is a practical, didactic and generic view of how to do supervision... giving a fairly comprehensive account of 30 of the formal skills that all supervisors probably use whether consciously or not... The book discusses each of the skills, giving examples as well as practical suggestions as to how to approach difficult issues. It has a valuable reading list and gives useful material in its appendices... directed principally at counsellors, it is a book to dip into when faced with a panic about a specific issue' - Therapeutic Communities

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