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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

Support the Counsellor and Encourage him or her to Implement Methods of Self-Nourishment and Professional Self-Development
Support the counsellor and encourage him or her to implement methods of self-nourishment and professional self-development

Strozier et al. (1993) reported that the supervisee in their case study valued highly the supportive interventions of the supervisor. They speculated that trainees may be more helped by ‘concrete expressions of supervisor support’, while more advanced counsellors may derive a more subtle sense of support from the supervisory relationship. Obviously most of us appreciate support in our work but, as this study shows, support is usually found most useful when it is accompanied by a judicious level of challenge. However, there are good reasons to suppose that supervision is most effective for most ...

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