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Supervision in Clinical Practice

A Practitioner's Guide, 2nd Edition

By Joyce Scaife, Joyce Scaife


424 pages

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Since the publication of the first edition of this book supervision has become of even greater significance in health, education and social care settings, with continuing pace in the trend towards mandatory registration, managed care and clinical governance.

This fully updated and expanded edition includes new chapters on issues of diversity and the managerial role of the supervisor in context. Packed with practical examples in the key areas of personal and professional development, Joyce Scaife and her contributors draw on three decades of clinical experience to explore frequently encountered dilemmas including:

  • how supervisors facilitate learning
  • the ethical bases of supervision
  • creating and maintaining a good working alliance
  • how supervisors can balance management and supervision roles
  • working equitably in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world

Supervision in Clinical Practice offers a range of suggestions for providing supervision that are stimulating, creative and fun, using methods that ensure safe and open practice. It is an indispensable text for supervisors and supervisees who practice clinically in a range of professions, including applied psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry, nursing, and social work.


"With the expansion of psychological therapy services within the UK, it will be essential that therapists receive quality supervision to ensure that the public experience safe and effective therapies. This second edition is a major revision and should be considered essential reading for those involved in expanding access to psychological therapy services. As well as providing a highly accessible overview of clinical supervision, it also has been made contemporary by embracing issues around case management and some of the technological challenges to supervision. A source of much excellent and practical advice, written in an engaging and creative style." - Professor Graham Turpin - Director, Clinical Psychology Unit, University of Sheffield.

"This book is readable and useful to practitioners in many contexts, including mental health nursing, counselling and psychotherapy, psychology and social work. In my view this puts Scaife in a quartet with Inskipp and Proctor, Hawkins and Shohet and Page and Wosket as the four 21st century UK resources for supervisors. I shall encourage my colleagues, supervisees and trainee supervisors to read it." - Penny Henderson, Therapy Today,December, 2008

Table of Contents

Introduction. J. M. Scaife, J. A. Scaife, Supervision and Learning. J. M. Scaife, Walsh, Personal Development and the Emotional Climate of Work. The Contracting Process and the Supervisory Relationship: Averting Pitfalls and Problems. Frameworks for Supervision. Proctor, Inskipp, Group Supervision. Ethical Dilemmas and Issues in Supervision. Supervision and Diversity. The Interface of Supervision and Management Roles. Use of Recordings and Other Technologies in Supervision. Live Supervision and Observation. Creative Approaches. The Influence of Different Models of Therapeutic Intervention on the Supervisory Process. Challenge and the Assessment Role. Outcome Studies of Supervision. Appendix 1: Self-assessment Schedule for Supervisees. Appendix 2: Examples of Rating Scales of Supervision. Appendix 3: Learning Objectives to be Addressed by Introductory Supervisor Training Programmes.

About the Authors

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 supervision.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health