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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

Offer Supervision that is Congruent with Supervisees' Stages of Development
Offer supervision that is congruent with supervisees' stages of development

Clearly, there is a very wide range of abilities between beginning counsellors and highly experienced counsellors. Various schemata have been put forward to describe the stages involved (Stoltenberg and Delworth, 1987; Hawkins and Shohet, 1989; Ronnestad and Skovholt, 1993). Common sense tells us that there are likely to be significant developmental differences between the counsellor-in-training and the counsellor of 40 years' experience, for example. ‘Developmental supervision’ can also refer to a particularly psychodynamic view, which suggests that supervisees may follow a logical progression of dependency, idealization, disappointment and autonomy in relation to their supervisors, in much the same way that some clients work through a relationship with ...

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