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Reflective Clinical Supervision in Speech and Language Therapy
Strengthening Supervision Skills

ISBN 9781032129013
Published October 31, 2022 by Routledge
310 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book de-mystifies supervision in speech and language therapy, focusing on the practicalities and pitfalls. Clinicians are encouraged to reflect on their individual style as a supervisor and the tools they utilise to make a successful supervisory relationship.

Drawing on previous experience, Howes offers a combination of reflective, solution-focused, and strengths-based approaches, covering topics such as:

  • The importance of the supervisory conversation
  • Ways to ensure conversations are reflective and appreciative, supportive yet challenging
  • The training needed to be effective supervisors and ‘good supervisees’
  • The functions of supervision and how these change over time for each clinician, from learning new clinical skills to support in time and energy management
  • Practical resources for busy clinicians, making it a manual of insights and support for supervision in SLT

Reflective Clinical Supervision in Speech and Language Therapy will be an invaluable guide for all speech and language therapists who are either experienced or newly established supervisors supporting others with the complexities of casework and the stress of relationships in every busy working day.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - What is Clinical Supervision?

Chapter 2 - A Spectrum of Support, Supporting Practice Development

Chapter 3 - Scaffolding Supervision

Chapter 4 - Freeze Frame, Reflective Practice in action

Chapter 5 - An Individual Style and Approach

Chapter 6 - Norming Practice through Supervision

Chapter 7 - Effective Reflective Conversations

Chapter 8 - Focused Listening, Tools and Techniques

Chapter 9 - Building on the Positives, Searching for Glimmers

Chapter 10 - The Developmental Function, Reflective Routes to Learning

Chapter 11 - Crafting Conversation

Chapter 12 - The Restorative Function, When the Going gets Tough

Chapter 13 - Potholes & Pitfalls in Practicing Supervision

Chapter 14 - Coaching in Supervision

Chapter 15 - Top Themes in SLT Supervision.

Chapter 16 - Supervisors giving SUPER-VISION.

Chapter 17 - Sharing Perspectives, Group Supervision

Chapter 18 - Different Media in Supervision

Chapter 19 - Looking at things differently, Creative Supervision

Chapter 20 - Training & Development

Chapter 21 - Paperwork and Practicalities

Chapter 22 - Final Reflections

Cameos: Putting it into practice in professional situations


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Ruth Howes worked for 34 years in the NHS with various SLT roles including clinical lead for complex developmental needs and autistic spectrum disorder. She was a specialist adviser to RCSLT for much of her time in the NHS and was lead author for the RCSLT Assistant Practitioners project (2022). Ruth is now in independent practice, Communicology SLT Consultancy, working primarily with families of children with autistic spectrum disorder. She also separately runs ARC Supervision, offering both supervision and training in supervision.