A Different Wisdom: Reflections on Supervision Practice

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Karnac Books, 2009 - Psychology - 252 pages
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Britain has a fine tradition of writing about supervision practice. This book connects to this by organizing reflection around the practice taken from the author's sixteen years experience as a practitioner.

Taking three broad sets of tasks of supervision as an organizing frame, the book weaves examples of professional experience with current research and other reflective writing. From a broadly humanistic perspective, she examines the developmental journey of a supervisor interested in the overlap of the personal and the professional. Penny's background in adult and higher education leads her to emphasize the learning that comes through development of practice wisdom in collegial supervisory conversations. Research has emphasized the importance of the relationship for effective supervision. This book combines an interest in creating and sustaining the relationship, with extending the development of the supervisee. It is unique in exploration of the pragmatics of practice, while describing the normative roles and tasks inherent in the part of supervisory work that focuses on the protection of the client.

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Penny Henderson is an accredited counselor, accredited supervisor and fellow of BACP. She has practiced as a supervisor for sixteen years, and co-designed and presented a supervisor training certificate course. She has been sub-editor of the supervision column in the BACP journal for five years, and written extensively about supervisory practice issues. She has been an organizational consultant and trainer in many academic, statutory and voluntary agencies, taught undergraduateand clinical medical students. She has published a number of articles for journals and has contributed to books on counseling, supervision including Counselling Supervision in Context and A level textbooks for the National Extension College, Cambridge.

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