Addressing the practicalities of clinical supervision, this informative book follows the course of the supervision process, illustrating each stage with an absorbing blend of information, opinion, academic theory, anecdotal material, serious comment and thought-provoking exercises. Emphasis is placed on the purpose and value of clinincal supervision, but also on the potential pitfalls those involved may encounter, and how they can be avoided. A number of theories and models are discussed with reference to each stage of supervision, providing a thought-provoking basis for the practical issues raised. Written in a lively and engaging style, this book will enable both supervisors and supervisees to get the best they can from t

What is the Point of Clinical Supervision?

What is the point of clinical supervision?

Key Issues in this Chapter

  • Where and why clinical supervision began
  • Supervision in health visiting, mental health nursing and midwifery
  • Three descriptions of clinical supervision
  • The functions of clinical supervision
  • The link between nurse mentoring and clinical supervision

A Brief History of Clinical Supervision: Where it all Began

Bums (1958) has shown that clinical nursing supervision – in its current form – probably began to be practised seriously, regularly and by a significant number of people in the early 1920s. It grew out of the theories and practice of psychoanalysis, and it has become a mandatory feature for practitioners in this field, existing as a source of professional enhancement, education and support. Clinical supervision for psychoanalysists, psychotherapists and psychodynamic ...

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