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

Introduction: Me, Clinical Supervision, Nurses and this Book

Introduction: Me, clinical supervision, nurses and this book

When Stephen Met Supervision

I was a mental health nurse, with over ten years’ experience, before I had ever heard of clinical supervision. The consultant psychiatrist in whose team I worked was developing the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy within his catchment area, and I wanted to be involved. Although it was psychotherapy, and not supervision, that I was interested in, one is inextricably linked to the other and I quickly learnt the first ‘rule’ of psychotherapy – no supervision, no practice. Whether I wanted it or not, my clinical supervision experience had begun.

It was difficult at first, and sometimes even downright unpleasant. For starters, I doubt that I would have agreed ...

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