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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

Listen Carefully for any Recurring Lacunae Relating to Supervisees' Skills or Conceptualizations
Listen carefully for any recurring lacunae relating to supervisees' skills and conceptualizations

Students and beginning counsellors are often highly selective about what they take from their training and what they put into practice. For example, many trainees avidly demonstrate their ability to track accurately and empathically their clients' statements, yet omit altogether, or largely, some of the skills relating to genuineness, such as confrontation and immediacy. Sometimes counsellors have conditioned themselves so well not to ask questions that they unwittingly spend all their time reflecting and failing to gather some of the essential information they need. The ‘pervasive anxiety’ of the beginner often explains why certain skills are overused or under-used: in their anxiety, counsellors ...

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