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The Practice of Clinical Supervision

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Quality clinical supervision for counselling, psychotherapy and other mental health and related disciplines seldom occurs by accident. Rather it is the result of strategic planning by counsellors, administrators and supervisors working in partnership. The aim of such collaboration is to find a practical and appropriate process to support the counsellor in the workplace to achieve best practice in their everyday work. With attention to supervision, the emerging professional can be protected from the euphoria of a grand vocational adventure dissolving into the despair of a fading dream. This book is a state of the art summary of where supervision is today and what are some of the crucial themes we need to consider as supervisors — an invaluable update for the the experienced supervisor. Its scope and cross-professional application (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, life and business coaches) ensures all who are interested in supervision can benefit from this book. It will also be attractive to trainee practitioners who are beginning supervision and to trainee supervisors who are taking their first steps as supervisors.

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The Practice of Clinical Supervision
Nadine Pelling John Barletta Philip Armstrong
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Clinical psychologistsSupervision of. PsychotherapistsSupervision of. CounsellorsSupervision of. Personnel management.
Pelling, Nadine. Barletta, John Armstrong, Philip.
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Foreword
Christmas looms as I begin to write this foreword. My Christmas thoughts, these years, tend to centre around new beginnings, surprises, unexpected happenings and, of course, epiphanies that characterise new manifestations or insights. I am committed, at least in mind, to lifelong learning and lifelong learning as we know, includes all these themes and more. Christmas says something to me about not remaining still, not taking it all for granted and being open to the disorienting events of life that kickstart my learning once more. The festive season forces me to observe again, to look anew and be ever alert to what is growing and developing outside of my immediate awareness. Supervision that is reflective practice is also part of these meanderings. If ‘shepherds watch their flocks by night’ then those of us in the helping profession remain watchful and vigilant to ensure we don’t fall psychologi cally or emotionally asleep in the comfort stories of our work and practice (Ryan, 2004). It is so easy to do so. I am reminded that the opposite of reflection is mindlessness — how we reproduce the same routines over and over again without thinking about or asking questions of them. ‘Ask me again what I am living for?’ is a good life question to keep us on our toes and connect us continually to new learning. ‘Ask me again why I am doing it this way?’ is a good supervisory question to ensure we are open to new learning. We forget (I certainly do) and with forgetfulness comes mindlessness and apathy. I liked this book because it woke me up (again). I had fallen asleep or at least had become drowsy. I had failed to notice some of the exciting, new, surprising developments in the field of supervision. I knew about them in theory — this book brought them home to me in practice. Schatzman (1991) coined a phrase in the area of research that is very applicable to this book, ‘Whatallis involved here?’ he would ask. This book widens the supervision window and gives us access to more of the ‘all’ of supervision. Let me explain that a bit more. This is not meant to be a comprehensive text on clinical supervision or a stepbystep manual for either helping professional trainees or supervisor trainees. In that sense it’s not ‘all’ here. The book is more a stateoftheart
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proclamation of where supervision is today and what are some of the crucial themes we need to consider as supervisors. This will make it invaluable to the experienced supervisor who knows supervision and needs to update on what has been happening recently. However, due to its wide remit and its crossprofessional application (counsellors, psychother apists, psychologists, social workers, life and business coaches who are interested in supervision can all benefit from the contents), it will also be attractive to trainee practitioners who are beginning supervision, and to trainee supervisors who are taking their first steps as supervisors. To cater for this wide audience, the various chapters blend contemporary research with modern models and uptodate frameworks and practical tools applied to various contexts. And that is its great strength — the breadth it provides on supervision. I was particularly pleased to see a chapter on the effectiveness of super vision in regard to client outcome. This has been the ‘blind spot’ of clinical supervision research — is supervision in the least way effective in client progress? A new study on brief therapy shows it is (Chapter 7). That is good news for doubters who continually ask: Why have supervision if we have no evidence that it positively affects client progress? Other modern areas that caught my attention were: Cultureinformed counselling super vision (Chapter 17), what supports supervisee learning (Chapter 8), supervisor gatekeeping anxiety and technology in supervision (Chapter 19) and another area not often discussed in supervision, administrative super vision (Chapter 2). Those are just a few of the nuggets and gems in the book that ‘woke me up’ and challenged me to think again, and again. There is much more, of course. An Aladdin’s cave of goodies awaits the reader. Ethical issues in supervision, supervision from various psychother apy modalities, the organisational dimensions of supervision, research in supervision, and applied supervision to a number of contexts (e.g., drug and alcohol services, school counselling). While these are by no means new areas for supervisors, these chapters update us on the research, litera ture, models and frameworks available in more recent times. The trainee features a lot in many chapters (e.g., addressing supervisee fears in Chapter 9) and purposeful assessment in Chapter 14. While much is written on supervisee development it was encouraging to see a chapter on supervisor development (Chapter 12). That is what I mean by using Schatzman’s phrase ‘Whatallis involved here?’ This is a ‘big’ book that is comprehensive in walking welltrodden supervisory paths and pio neering new ones. While the book is written primarily by Australian authors there is a substantial contribution from overseas, particularly the United States and Canada. This gives the book an international flavour.
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By introducing this foreword with a Christmas note, I had not intended to imply any messianic intentions to the book, and would not want you to think of it as a beall or endall of supervisory literature. But as the Christmas theme directs us to think of new beginnings, changing times and hope for what it is to come, I think it is fair to say that this book does that too. It captures the past and what we have inherited from those who have led the way in supervision theory and research; it presents the present state of play of where clinical supervision is and its sets an agenda for the foreseeable supervision future.
Michael Carroll,PhD Visiting Industrial Professor University of Bristol, UK December 2008
References Ryan, S. (2004).Vital practice: Stories from the healing arts: The homeopathic and supervisory way. Portland, UK: Sea Change. Schatzman, L. (1991). Dimensional analysis. In D.R. Maines (Ed).Social organiza tion and social process: Essays in honour of Anselm Strauss(pp. 303–314). New York: Adline de Gruyter.
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section 1
section 2
section 3
Contents
Foreword iii ............................................................................................................................................ Acknowledgments xi .................................................................................................................. About the Authors xiii ..............................................................................................................
Introduction1 .................................................................................................................... chapter one Introduction to Clinical Supervision 5 ............................................................ John Barletta
chapter two Administration and Marketing of Supervision Philip Armstrong
23 ..........................
Professional Issues41 .................................................................................... chapter three Professional Organisations and Resources in Counselling and Psychology 45 ........................................................................ Nadine Pelling
chapter four Ethical Issues in the Clinical Supervision of EvidenceBased Practices ................................... Cynthia J. Osborn and Thomas E. Davis
56 ...........................................
chapter five Recent Supervision Scholarship Nadine Pelling
81 ....................................................................
Approaches87 ................................................................................................................ chapter six Models of Supervision: From Theory to Practice 93 .................. Herbert Biggs, Matthew Bambling and Zoe Pearce chapter seven Alliance Supervision to Enhance Client Outcomes 121 ........ Matthew Bambling
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section 4
section 5
chapter eight Processes and Interventions to Facilitate Supervisees’ Learning 138 .............................................................................................. Keithia Wilson and Alf Lizzio
chapter nine Addressing Supervisee Fears in Supervision Nadine Pelling
165 ..........................
People171 .................................................................................................................................... chapter ten The Supervisory Relationship 175 ........................................................................ Jason Dixon
chapter eleven Modes of Supervision .................................... Sally V. Hunter and J. Randolph Bowers
184 ..........................................................
chapter twelve Supervisor Development ................ Nadine Pelling and Elisa Agostinelli
201 ....................................................................
chapter thirteen Who are Australian Counsellors and How Do They Attend to Their Professional Development? 212 ............................................................ Caleb Lack and Nadine Pelling
Evaluation223 .................................................................................................................... chapter fourteen Purposeful Assessment: An Integral Aspect of Supervision 227 .......................................................... Piet Crosby
chapter fifteen Supervision as Gatekeeping: Managing Professional Competency Problems in Student Supervisees 236 .......................................................................................... Brian Sullivan
chapter sixteen Counsellor Competence Nadine Pelling
252 ......................................................................................
section 6
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Emerging and Specialist Issues261 ............................ chapter seventeen CultureInfused Counselling Supervision 267 ...................................... Nancy Arthur and Sandra Collins
chapter eighteen Supervision of Applied Specialties: Unique Aspects 296 ................................................................................................................ Gary H. Bischof, Mary L. Anderson, C. Dennis Simpson, Eric M. Sauer and Stephen E. Craig
chapter nineteen The Use of Technology in Supervision ............................... DeeAnna Merz Nagel, Stephen Goss and Kate Anthony
340 ...............
chapter twenty Supervising Clinical Placement 364 .................................................................... John Barletta and Jason Dixon
Appendices Appendix A 381 ............................................................................................................................ Appendix B 385 ..............................................................................................................................