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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

I have recommended this text to students who are completing four year B Sc nursing and about to undertake 36 week internship programme prior to registration. The advantage of this text is its adoption of a strengths based approach which is the foundation of my teaching approach for practice intervention in mental health setting. The intention of recommending this text is to provide students with supplemental reading and future direction relating to professional supervision.

Dr Ann Sheridan
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin
November 28, 2012

Probable use Fall 2013

Mr Barry Schecter
Health , SUNY Cortland
November 8, 2012

Useful for group and individual supervision practice. Informative and easy to navigate through the chapters.

Mrs Lyz Howard
Department of Health, Health and Social Care Teaching Team
October 31, 2012

Useful overview of progressive ways to provide supervision that mirror therapy and allows supervisors to model positive relationship buliding styles during supervision, thereby encouraging supervisees to adopt similar positive styles during therapy.

Mr Chardworth Dhliwayo
Translational Medicine / School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
September 28, 2012

a really encouraging and positive approach to what some new professionals find challenging

Mr Timothy Wallis
Health, University Campus Oldham
September 17, 2012

good book but quite in a specialised field

Paul Davis
Counselling, Queen's University Belfast
September 10, 2012

Useful book to supplement existing text

Dr Els Van Ooijen
School of Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport
September 5, 2012

Supervisory models - helpful to recap from the strengths perspective.

Interpersonal relationship skills including conflict resolution is covered well.

Vignettes helpful but clearly US centric. Also UK people need to be aware of US legislation being cited.

Mrs Sue Williams
Centre for Social Work, Nottingham University
September 3, 2012

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