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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

Encourage Supervisees to Brainstorm, Role-Play and use other Catalytic Aids to understand their Clients
Encourage supervisees to brainstorm, role-play and use other catalytic aids to understand their clients

Getting into an impasse with clients is a far from uncommon experience. There are many causes of ‘stuckness’, including the client's fear, depression, lack of energy, or inability to collaborate, or the counsellor's fear or skill deficits, or a combination of client and counsellor factors. Sometimes a counselling relationship which begins with crisis and energy runs down into a plodding, safe and uncreative affair. Sometimes the client may appear quite contented with the level of progress but the counsellor is left feeling that little is happening, or is left confused. Sometimes these are manifestations of transference and countertransference ...

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