Best Practice in Professional Supervision is an authoritative guide to being an excellent supervisor, covering the role, functions and dispositions involved. The authors consider basic skills, the practicalities of forming and maintaining the supervision relationship, and the organisational context and culture of supervision. The book offers practical examples and a model of supervision which draws together ideas from adult learning theory and reflective practice. Viewing supervision as a place for learning, this guide considers how supervision can assist practitioners to develop professional resilience and manage the stresses of complex work environments. It also includes specific chapters on supervision of clinical student placements and in child protection settings. This book covers a range of professions including social care, nursing, counselling, social work and allied health professions, and is an essential guide for all those in these and related professions undertaking supervision or supervision training.
Allyson Davys is Head of the School of Social Development at the Waikato Institute of Technology, New Zealand. She has been involved in the development of supervision practice for the last 15 years, and has delivered supervision training to practitioners from a range of professions. Liz Beddoe is Head of the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has a long-standing commitment to the education and professional development of social workers and has published many articles on social work education, supervision and professional issues.