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Supervising the Reflective Practitioner

An Essential Guide to Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By Joyce Scaife


300 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Development as a reflective practitioner has become an essential quality for practitioners in the fields of health, education and social care. Supervising the Reflective Practitioner provides guidance for supervisors, focusing on what they can do to facilitate the development of reflective practice in supervisees.

This book contains a wide range of practical examples including personal accounts and illustrations. Topics covered include:

  • what is reflective practice and why is it important now?
  • how reflective practice connects with personal and professional development
  • key issues in supervising reflective practice
  • methods that can be used in supervision.

This accessible book will be of great interest to both supervisors and supervisees who practice clinically in a range of professions, including applied psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry and nursing. It will also be useful for professionals working in education, health, and social care who want to support supervisees in the development of reflective practice.


"This book is an excellent example of reflective practice to all practitioners of therapy or training. It is the kind of book that will continue to be an important reference book which practitioners will turn to throughout their career."Wendy Wood, Senior Lecturer, University of Derby, UK

"There are just too many strategies endorsed by Scaife for this brief review to do them justice: but I would not, now, want to engage in supervision without this text on my bookshelf." - Dr. David Mair, European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2010

Table of Contents

Introduction and Context. Frameworks Supporting Reflective Practice. Reflective Practice and Personal and Professional Development. Supervision Conditions that Support Reflective Practice. Approaches to Supervision of Reflective Practice (I) Enquiry. Approaches to Supervision of Reflective Practice (II) Methods that Encourage Self-awareness. Approaches to Supervision of Reflective Practice (III) Methods that Encourage ‘Decentring’ or Trying to Understand from the Perspective of Another Person. Approaches to Supervision of Reflective Practice (IV) ‘Live’ Methods, Recordings and Groups. Reflective Writing. Assessment of Reflective Practice and the Supervisor’s Role in Coursework Assignments.

About the Author

Joyce Scaife, former Director of Clinical Practice for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology training course at the University of Sheffield, is a clinical psychologist with a career-long interest in supportive and challenging supervision.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health