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Manage Power: Creating a Balanced Relationship within Supervision

Manage Power: Creating a Balanced Relationship within Supervision

Manage Power: Creating a Balanced Relationship within Supervision

Learning objectives

After reading this chapter and completing the learning activities provided, you will be able to:

  • Better understand the operation of power in CBTS and how this can enhance or detract from optimal supervision experiences.
  • Identify when issues relating to power are manifesting in supervision.
  • Identify ways in which you can work constructively with power in the CBTS you provide.


Power is a highly emotive facet of the cultures in which we live and work, and permeates our interpersonal interactions in complex and subtle ways. It is reasonable, therefore, to assume that power issues will also impact supervision.

The aim of this chapter is to help you reflect upon power as it relates to ...

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