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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
Chapter 17: Avoid an Overly Cosy and Possibly Collusive Supervisory Relationship
Avoid an Overly Cosy and Possibly Collusive Supervisory Relationship
Often there is a collegial atmosphere in supervision, or at least in those supervision relationships in which there is no assessment requirement. Counsellors who have graduated from training, at whatever level, may experience anxiety about their competency and about particular cases, but are likely to be more relaxed about evaluation. Supervisors and counsellors alike may sometimes feel that they are in the same boat, struggling to help clients, and that a friendly and facilitative climate is suitable for this task. Some supervisors certainly regard supervision as less taxing than counselling itself and may be tempted to approach it in a more casual manner. It is generally true, perhaps, ...