A Different Wisdom: Reflections on Supervision in Practice, by Penny Henderson

By Penny Henderson

Britain has a good culture of writing approximately supervision perform. This e-book connects to this via organizing mirrored image round the perform taken from the author’s 16 years adventure as a practitioner. Taking 3 huge units of projects of supervision as an organizing body, the e-book weaves examples event with present study and different reflective writing. From a greatly humanistic point of view, she examines the developmental trip of a manager drawn to the overlap of the private and the pro. Penny’s history in grownup and better schooling leads her to stress the educational that comes via improvement of perform knowledge in collegial supervisory conversations. study has emphasised the significance of the connection for potent supervision. This ebook combines an curiosity in growing and maintaining the connection, with extending the improvement of the supervisee. it really is particular in exploration of the pragmatics of perform, whereas describing the normative roles and initiatives inherent within the a part of supervisory paintings that specializes in the security of the customer.

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However, some Adlerian theorists and practitioners argue that when a counsellor is “stuck” with a client, it is always because of some thing in their own history (Kopp & Robles, 1989; Shifron, 2007). Warm supervision: sitting in the sunshine I prefer a warm supervisor. I need to be in a warm relationship that feels underpinned by a sense of emotional connection, and has a quality of containment and encouragement. Even experienced and introverted practitioners sometimes need this, in the teeth of demanding and challenging client–counsellor relationships.

The supervisee was struggling with health and relationship issues that meant her counselling role provided most continuity in her life at the time. I thought she was HENDERSON_Wisdom_BOOK_FINAL 22 111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 711 8 9 20 1 2 3 4 511 6 7 8 9 311 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 911 27/5/09 4:20 pm Page 22 A DIFFERENT WISDOM overworking because of a need to keep earnings up and because her self-esteem lay so greatly in her role as a counsellor. ” I noted that the issue kept coming up for her, we explored her assumptions and ways of working, but I did not have the experience to help her wrestle with this key issue effectively, and resolve it to her own satisfaction.

Supervisees in these circumstances have spoken of feeling less “safe” as a practitioner, because they begin to hide parts of themselves that they are ashamed of (personal communications). The supervisor and supervisee then have to build a working alliance through careful contracting and a continuing willingness to review the effectiveness of the supervisory relationship, and give each other feedback to build the bridges which will end in trust of their difference, and the potential for relevant learning.

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