- Subject index
`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
Chapter 10: Focus on Supervisees' Specific Strategies and Interventions with each Client
Focus on Supervisees' Specific Strategies and Interventions with each Client
Case discussion and analysis of the counsellor—client relationship have an important place in supervision, but there is often a risk that counsellors' specific, moment-to-moment intentions within and across their sessions are overlooked. By this we mean that clients in fact present for counselling when they have a serious concern or problem to work on and counsellors therefore need to maintain an ongoing awareness of these concerns and direct their interventions to them purposefully. Counselling theory is a means to an end and, as Lazarus (1989) reminds us, clients are helped by what actually happens in sessions (and outside them) rather than by theory. There is still debate ...