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Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice

Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice

The next generation of supervision

June 2012 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Moving away from the usual medical-modeled framework of mental health focused on problems, Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice takes a postmodern, social construction approach, looking for and amplifying strengths and encouraging stakeholders to use them. Based on research in brain science, as well as from the Information Age/Connectivity Age thinking, the book reframes the focus of supervision, management, and leadership to one that collaborates and builds on strengths with supervisees as competent stakeholders in their work with their clients. Deconstructing the usual top-down hierarchy, Strengths-Based Supervision leads the reader through the full range of supervision, from the clinical aspects to the administration of all organizations where clinicians are trained, supervised, and encouraged to excel and grow. The book contains two full chapters on traditional clinical supervision before moving on to strengths-based work in not only clinical supervision, but also agency and organizational work, all from a contemporary strengths-based model. The book is chock-full of vignettes and includes a full chapter with two case studies. This is the next generation of supervision.
Part I- In the Beginning
1. The History and Traditions of Clinical Supervision
2. Executive Skills of Strengths-Based Supervision
Part II- A Time for a Change to a New Model
3. A Time for Change
4. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision Primer: Social Constructivism and Postmodernism
5. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision Primer: From the Roots of Psychology
6. Larger Systems: Strengths-Based Management and Leadership
Part III- Faces of Strength: Putting my Currency where my Mouth Is
7. Supervision Sessions and Personnel Management: Vantage Point, Point of View, and Perspective
8. Two Case Studies
Part IV- Moving into the Future
9. Lessons Learned and Where to from Here?
10. Epilogue

"Dr. Edwards has provided a positive strengths-based overview of clinic-based supervision. Supervisors will come away with a new, more positive approach on how to conduct their relationships with those they supervise. The book is especially strong on the MFT forms of supervision though other approaches are also referenced. The illustrations from his interactions with supervisees are especially helpful in fleshing out the ideas he is highlighting. Supervisors in clinical settings will find much to consider in this volume."

David J. Norton, Ph.D., LMFT
Centennial Counseling Center

"Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice is a clear shift toward the relational and mutual supervisory practice that challenges and encourages the clinician to move beyond the established hierarchical models of supervision. Intentional and conversational in its presentation, the author affords the reader a refreshing, empowering, and integrated command of clinically oriented practices."

Thomas Scofield, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Department of Professional Counseling, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

"Jeffrey Edwards provides a refreshing conversational style in which to communicate the distinctions and, dare I say, strengths of a strengths-based clinical supervisory stance. While acknowledging the contributions of other supervisory theories, Edwards offers a lively re-viewing of key tenets of the counseling profession's philosophical roots that mesh with his strengths-based model of clinical supervision. Counselor education has always struggled reaching the masters level supervisor and Edwards' book may be the first for use in the counseling profession to do so in such a clinically relevant way that fully embraces the systematicity of field-based clinical supervision."

David M. Kleist, Ph.D.
Idaho State University

Very useful for teaching second and third years on the BSc nursing programme. I hope to use this on post reg programmes for health care professionals.

Miss Carmel Anne Quigley
School of Nursing (Jordanstown), Ulster University
July 20, 2020

A great book to help practitioners focus on quality supervision.

Mrs Kerry Fidler
School of Social Work, University of Leicester
February 16, 2015

I am still considering it and need to compare it to other texts as well.

Dr Jo Hittner
Counselor Education Dept, Winona State University
November 1, 2013

supports the progression of students into qualified nursing career. is a useful guide on top of health board provision of what effective supervision is in clinical practice

Mr Hywel Thomas
College of Human and Health science, Swansea University
July 15, 2013

Very important text which provides in depth understanding of strength based perspectives

Dr Shepard Masocha
School of Social Policy, Sociology & Social Research, University of Kent
June 15, 2013

Course not specifically about "clinical" supervision.

Mr Charles Baker
School Of Social Work, Spalding University
May 30, 2013

This is a well written and well thought out text that will appeal to learners.

Practitioners and supervisors with a wide range of experience will be able to make good use of this text.

Mr Craig Thompson
Depart, Northumbria University
January 9, 2013

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