3rd Edition

Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist A cyclical model

By Steve Page, Val Wosket Copyright 2015
    306 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist considers how to meet the supervision needs of trainee and experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping professionals using an integrative approach that will appeal to practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds and theoretical persuasions. The book charts the development of the supervisor as he or she moves through making the transition from therapist to supervising the work of others and includes consideration of the advanced competencies required to supervise experienced practitioners.

    This third edition brings a number of contemporary perspectives to a well-known and widely respected core text for the training and development of supervisors. The Cyclical Model at the heart of the book has established its relevance in the UK as one of the best known frameworks for teaching and learning the steps and stages of supervision. All chapters in this new edition have been extensively revised and updated, and key elements include:

    -          Two brand new chapters on deepening supervision practice and moving beyond supervising counsellors and psychotherapists

    -          Updates on recent developments in supervision, including research outcomes, the use of technology and supervising short-term work

    -          Creativity, play and the use of metaphor and imagery in supervision

    -          Developing the use of self through relational supervision.

    Supervising the Counsellor and Psychotherapist is a key text for trainee and experienced supervisors of counsellors and psychotherapists, those who train supervisors, and supervisees wishing to better understand the supervisory process.

    List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. Chapter One: An historical overview. Chapter Two: From therapist to supervisor. Chapter Three: Overview of the supervision model. Chapter Four: Stage 1: Contract. Chapter Five: Stage 2: Focus. Chapter Six: Stage 3: Space. Chapter Seven: Stage 4: Bridge. Chapter Eight: Stage 5: Review. Chapter Nine: Supervising in groups. Chapter Ten: Ethical and professional issues. Chapter Eleven: Difference and diversity in supervision. Chapter Twelve: Supervising experienced practitioners. Chapter Thirteen: Deepening supervision practice. Chapter Fourteen: Training and development of the supervisor. Chapter Fifteen: Beyond supervising the counsellor and psychotherapist. Bibliography. Index.


    Steve Page is an experienced counsellor, supervisor, trainer, consultant, manager and coach, and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Institute for Leadership and Management. He currently works in independent practice near York and is the author of The Shadow and the Counsellor (Routledge, 1999). His website can be found at www.steve-page-yorks.co.uk.

    Val Wosket is a former senior lecturer in counselling at York St John University, now working in independent practice. She is a BACP Registered Senior Accredited counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, and is a past teaching faculty member of the International Society  for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and a visiting tutor on the supervision training programme at the University of Strathclyde. Her previous publications include The Therapeutic Use of Self (Routledge, 1999) and Egan's Skilled Helper Model (Routledge, 2006).

    ‘This third edition keeps the earlier one’s skeleton and digests research and experience into a fuller body of applied knowledge. The authors create an integrative, coherent, nuanced, unpretentious, grounded, thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read. Having refined their original model, they give attention to deep collaborative supervisory relationships, and explore important topics for experienced and new supervisors. It is rare to have such a fresh third edition of a classic.’ - Penny Henderson, Fellow of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Co-director of Cambridge Supervision Training

    ‘For anyone interested in clinical supervision of counsellors and psychotherapists this is a must read. Steve Page and Val Wosket write in an engaging, informed and above all scholarly fashion about supervision today. The authors are senior figures in the field and in this latest edition of their book they re-present their cyclical model of supervision within an up to date and global context. New material is covered that draws from their own supervisory practice, the latest scholarly publications, ethical and equality considerations and new approaches that include supervision online and by telephone.’ - Professor William West, Reader in Counselling Studies, University of Manchester and Visiting Professor of Counselling and Spirituality, University of Central Lancashire, UK