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`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... directed principally at counsellors, it is a book to dip into when faced with a panic about a specific issue' - Therapeutic Communities

Offer Constructive and Clear Feedback
Offer constructive and clear feedback

Friedlander et al. define feedback in this context as ‘a statement, with an explicit or implicit evaluation component that refers to attitudes, ideas, emotions or behaviours of the trainee or to aspects of the trainee—client relationship or the trainee—supervisor relationship’ (1989: 151). We would add that of course feedback also occurs between experienced counsellors and their supervisors. We also agree with Bernard and Goodyear (1992) that it is possible to regard all communication — implicit and explicit, verbal and non-verbal — between counsellor and client, and counsellor and supervisor, as feedback of sorts. However, as a supervisor, you need to consider exactly what you want to get across to supervisees in each session in a manner ...

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