3rd Edition

Supervision in Clinical Practice A Practitioner's Guide

By Joyce Scaife Copyright 2019
    432 Pages
    by Routledge

    432 Pages
    by Routledge

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    This fully updated edition of Supervision in Clinical Practice: A Practitioner’s Guide is packed with practical examples from personal and professional experience. Since the publication of the first two editions, health and social care organisations have become increasingly risk averse, resources more strained, and moves have been made towards stifling levels of clinical governance. In this edition Joyce Scaife counters the idea of supervision as a constraint and challenges some of the thinking associated with ‘evidence-based’ practice when this focuses on what can be easily measured rather than what matters.

    Joyce Scaife explores frequently encountered dilemmas including:

    • How can supervisors facilitate learning?
    • What are the ethical bases of supervision?
    • What helps to create and maintain an effective working alliance?
    • How can supervisors balance management and supervision roles?
    • How can supervisors work equitably in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world?

    Supervision in Clinical Practice remains 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.

    1 Supervision: is it worth it?

    2 What is supervision?

    3 Supervision and learning

    with Jon Scaife

    4 The contracting process

    5 Sustaining effective supervisory relationships

    6 Frameworks for supervision

    7 Ethical dilemmas and issues in supervision

    8 Supervision and diversity

    9 Use of technologies in supervision

    10 Creative approaches

    11 Live supervision and observation

    12 Challenge and the assessment role

    13 The influence of different models of therapeutic intervention on the supervisory process

    14 The organisational context

    Appendix 1 Self-assessment schedule for supervisees

    Appendix 2 Examples of rating scales of supervision


    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.

    "There is a vast difference between a supervision session characterised by all that Joyce Scaife advocates and a session where these crucial essentials are missing and are not being addressed. I suspect that many psychologists literally have no idea what they are missing."

    - Michael Pomerantz, former senior educational psychologist in Derbyshire and trainer of educational psychologists on the Sheffield University Doctoral Programme

    "For a thorough, detailed and accessible book on supervision, clinical practitioners need look no further. The third edition of this book is up-to-date, grounded in relevant theory and brought alive through personal insights and experiences. It offers not just the ‘what’ but also the ‘how’ in terms of delivering high quality clinical supervision."

    - Dr Jan Hughes, Joint Programme Director, Clinical Psychology Training Programme; Visiting Associate Professor, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, UK