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CBT Supervision

CBT Supervision

March 2015 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

What is good CBT supervision? What makes an effective supervisor? How can qualified CBT therapists learn to become good CBT supervisors who work effectively with their supervisees?

These are some of the questions addressed in this practical new book, examining what it takes to be a competent and confident CBT supervisor. Using the authors' unique framework of learning – the PURE Supervision Flower – the book equips trainees with the skills and competencies needed to #strong

/strong#repare for, undertake, refine and enhance supervision practice across a wide range of settings.


Structured around the PURE Supervision Flower, the book is divided into four parts:



/strong#reparing for Supervision explores how to establish an effective and ethical base from which supervision can occur

Undertaking Supervision focuses on the practical delivery of CBT Supervision

Refining Supervision offers insights into managing the supervisory process and relationship

Enhancing Supervision hones competencies by considering complex ethical challenges and CPD.


Packed with activities, tips, case studies and reflective questions to help consolidate learning, this is essential reading for CBT practitioners training in and already providing supervision across a range of settings.

Preparing for Supervision
Know your Brand: Identifying your Position on the CBT Landscape
Understand the Context: Identifying your Key Stakeholders
Negotiate a Contract: Preparing the Terms of the Learning Agreement
Undertaking Supervision
Structure your Sessions: Creating the Architecture of CBT Supervision
Choose your Interventions: Selecting Methods to Enhance Proficiency
Assess Competence: Developing an Effective Approach
Refining Supervision
Develop the Relationship: Using the Supervisory Alliance as a Source of Learning
Manage Power: Creating a Balanced Relationship within Supervision
Resolve Resistance and Ruptures: Working with Relational Challenges
Enhancing Supervision
Address Ethical Dilemmas: Developing a Coherent Approach
Assess your Supervisory Skill: Building Methods to Evaluate Practice
Increase Your Expertise: Developing and Looking After the Self

This terrific book is comprehensive, evidence-based, and practical. Geared toward both supervisors and supervisees, it provides a number of important learning exercises to encourage active reflection. The case studies help the reader transfer what they are learning to real-life situations. I highly recommend this book to trainees, therapists who need to improve their skills in self-reflection, and to supervisors.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

Corrie and Lane’s CBT Supervision is a well-researched, well-organized, thorough, practical workbook that will be a valuable resource for clinical CBT supervisors at all levels of experience. This volume’s supervisory case studies, chapter-by-chapter learning activities, and “tips for supervisees” make this volume ideal for a graduate seminar in learning to become a CBT supervisor. More experienced supervisors will benefit greatly from the authors’ wise suggestions in handling challenges and dilemmas in supervision, and from their emphasis on supervisor self-reflection, self-care, and lifelong professional and personal growth. CBT Supervision is at once a great asset to the field.

Cory F. Newman
Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy and Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

Ever wanted some well-organised supervision for your supervision? Would you welcome some guidance in your role as a supervisee? Then this exceptionally clear and systematic book is for you! What’s more, it tackles the core tasks of CBT supervision from a well-developed understanding of the nature of CBT, continuing the reflexive tradition. For example, the reader is expected to reflect carefully on the central questions raised, while the realistic and engaging case studies are used to pose dilemmas and prompt procedural thinking. Feedback is effectively provided in the form of the authors’ responses to the dilemmas.


This is a highly practical ‘nuts and bolts’ guide to CBT supervision, optimistic and empowering. Unlike many competitors, ‘CBT supervision’ keeps theory and research details to an absolute minimum, sticking firmly to established supervision practices and sensible recommendations (for both supervisors and supervisees), based on the authors’ extensive supervisory experience. It is written with exceptional clarity and systematically covers all the bases. In sum, this is a highly informative, soundly based, exceptionally practical guide to CBT supervision. It is all the more welcome given the pressing need to tackle CBT supervision in a professional manner.

Derek Milne
Retired Director of the Newcastle University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and author of Evidence-Based Clinical Supervision

The authors have produced something new, fresh and original.  For the first time a book that focusses on how to effectively practise cognitive behavioural supervision. This text is an essential practice and professional development aid for both new and experienced cognitive behavioural supervisors. Each chapter takes the reader through how to prepare, undertake, refine and enhance their supervision, illustrated with examples and reflective activities – is there any other CBT supervision book that makes understandable the complexity of supervision? This book won’t just be on my book shelf it will be on my desk as I will be turning to it time and time again as a supervisor of clinicians and other supervisors and as academic responsible for the delivery of supervision workshops.

Dr Michael Townend
Reader in CBT, University of Derby

A practical and insightful book on supervision, with a much broader application than its CBT orientation. Guiding supervisors and supervisees in the use and support of good supervisory practice.

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
August 7, 2016

This a an immensely helpful text - providing a comprehensive understanding of supervision alongside practical and enabling guidance. Whilst CBT based, this is a text that offers great support, insight and professional development in skills and reflective learning to supervisors from all disciplines

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
August 19, 2015

This is a very comprehensive book covering aspects of supervision from both the supervisee and supervisor perspective. Would be good for most CBT therapists even before they become supervisors.

While this is relevant to the practice of step 3 high intensity CBT it does not cover low intensity step 2 CBT.

Ms Helen Maharaj
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University
May 21, 2015

A really good thought provoking book that is presented in a concise way. The book is helpful in providing insights into the supervisor - supervisee relationship and how to manage this to best effect.

Miss laura driesen
Division of Health and Social Care, Surrey University
August 2, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

CBT Supervision: Introduction

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