1st Edition

Counselling Supervision in Organisations Professional and Ethical Dilemmas Explored

By Sue Copeland Copyright 2005
    240 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Counselling supervision is an expanding area, as increasing numbers of counsellors enter the profession and require supervision on a regular basis. Counselling Supervision in Organisations seeks to provide a model of counselling supervision within organisations, enabling supervisors, counsellors and their line managers to work effectively within organisational cultures for the benefit of all parties in the working alliance.

    Drawing on her own research, Sue Copeland explores both counselling and supervision cultures and their fit with various organisational cultures. The dilemmas that often arise from a clash between differing cultural norms are discussed in relation to the supervisory process. From securing a supervisory position, contracting for the work, reporting back to the organisation, assessing the work and ending the relationship, through to an in-depth consideration of the supervisory work embedded in a good working relationship, her model provides a blueprint for the supervisory process.

    The model described in Counselling Supervision in Organisations brings together the cultures of counselling and supervision and their relation to organisational cultures. It will provide a unique resource for counsellors, trainee and professional counselling supervisors and their line managers.

    Carrol, Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: Supervision in Organisations: Roles and Responsibilities. Mentor, Coach, Consultant or Supervisor?: Defining the Role. Supervision in Organisations: A Multi-faceted Role. Part II: Supervision in Organisations: Managing the Cultural Fit. Counselling, Supervision and Organisational Cultures: What are the Dilemmas? Managing the Dilemmas. Part III: Supervision in Organisations: Working with the Supervisory Rhombus. Securing a Supervisory Position. Contracting for the Supervisory Work. Relationships within the Supervisory Rhombus. Doing the Supervisory Work. Reporting Back to the Organisation. Evaluation, Assessment and Accreditation. Endings and New Beginnings in Supervision. Conclusion.


    Sue Copeland is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling at York St John College.  She has been a practising counsellor for twenty years and has worked within organisations as an individual and group supervisor for fifteen years.

    'It is a gratifying improvement to find a book that takes supervision in organisations seriously.' Ruth Barnett, Therapy Today

    '...an invaluable resource to be returned to again and again.' Clare Symons, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research