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Reflective Clinical Supervision in Speech and Language Therapy Strengthening Supervision Skills

By Ruth Howes Copyright 2023
    310 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.


    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



    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.