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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

Be Alert to Counsellors Taking on too many Clients or Exceptionally Difficult Clients, and Intervene Accordingly
Be alert to counsellors taking on too many clients or exceptionally difficult clients, and intervene accordingly

Trainees enter counsellor training with different professional experiences behind them. Some are very experienced counsellors already, for example, who decide to retrain or to engage in refresher training. In such cases, these counsellors may already be working in private practice and may have an established caseload of clients. As far as we know, there are no published guidelines as to what are considered to be acceptable maximum caseloads. In practice, beginning trainee counsellors often take on two or three clients and may spend a year seeing no more than three clients each week. We ...

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