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Clinical Supervision in the Real World
A Practical Guide to Ethics, Legal Issues, and Personal Development

ISBN 9780367340711
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This practical guide provides support for mental health practitioners as they develop their approach to clinical supervision, drawing on the authors’ extensive experience of counseling and psychotherapy to bring readers into the "real world" of clinical supervision.

Chapters introduce the essential responsibilities and tasks of a clinical supervisor and place emphasis on the development of a Competence-Oriented Model of Clinical Supervision, upon which a philosophical foundation for supervision can be built. Integrating up-to-date research with case vignettes and practical resources, the text discusses philosophies of clinical supervision and explores themes that often define a supervisor’s contextual world, from professional ethics and legal issues to the personal development of both the supervisor and the supervisee.

Affirming and encouraging professional development as well as identifying a range of common challenges, Clinical Supervision in the Real World is a key resource for aspiring clinical supervisors looking to build their own philosophy of supervision.

Table of Contents

List of Charts


SECTION I - Orientation to a Philosophy of Clinical Supervision

1. What is Counseling/Psychotherapy? 

2. What is Clinical Supervision? 

SECTION II - Components of a Philosophy of Clinical Supervision  

3. What Do I Believe About Conducting Mental Health Care? 

4. What Characterizes a Good Therapist?

5. What Do I Believe About Clinical Supervision? 

6. What Are the Roles of the Clinical Supervisor and Supervisee?

7. How Do I Define a Good Clinical Supervisor?

SECTION III - Contextual Issues in Clinical Supervision

8. Professional Ethics and Clinical Supervision 

9. Law-Related Issues in Clinical Supervision

10. Training, Accreditation, Licensing, and Practice Among Supervisees 

11. Supervisor Development

12. Supervisee Development

13. A Philosophy of Clinical Supervision

14. The Experience of Clinical Supervision 

15. Administrative Tasks in Clinical Supervision

SECTION IV - Creating a Philosophy of Clinical Supervision

16. Helpful Practices Toward Developing a Philosophy of Clinical Supervision

17. Putting It All Together


Appendix: Assessment of Supervisee Form



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Francis A. Martin, PhD, is Director of The Center for Clinical Training in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and has maintained a career-long focus on providing psychotherapy. Currently, he focuses on advancing the professionalization of clinical supervision and reforming psychotherapy.

Janet P. Turner, PhD, is a licensed professional counselor, counselor educator/supervisor, and assistant professor in the School of Professional Counseling, Lindsey Wilson College, Kentucky, USA. Dr. Turner provides leadership and training through The Center for Clinical Training.