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Group Supervision

Group Supervision
A Guide to Creative Practice

Second Edition

October 2008 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Praise for the First Edition:
"A welcome addition to the literature... I thank Brigid Proctor for her guidelines for good practice and stimulating ideas for using the potential of groupwork within the supervision process."

Among the plethora of supervision books, Group Supervision is the only one dedicated to working in groups. The strength of group supervision is that it can provide a supportive environment in which practitioners freely share and learn from their own and others' experience.

As Brigid Proctor shows, the key to success is to find positive and creative ways of working with the diversity which characterizes all groups. Examining tasks, roles, and responsibilities of both supervisors and supervisees, she describes the skills needed for
  • Managing different types of groups
  • Developing a flexible leadership style
  • Making sense of group and individual needs
  • Using creative methods
The Second Edition of this popular text features up-to-date research findings on group supervision in organizations, and further coverage of the challenge of diversity, and ethical decision-making in groups. A new chapter considers the advantages of groups for supervisor development and training, and stresses the urgency for greater accountability and practitioner research.

Essential for all supervisors and their trainers, the practical and ethical information covered in this book will also be of benefit to those who manage organizations which provide group supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists– be they employees, volunteers, or trainees.

Setting the Scene
The Group Option
A Typology for Supervision Groups
Agreements as Friends
Skilful Group Allies - Supervisor and Members
Strategic Priorities
Hot Issues of Group Life
Sharing Responsibility - Peer Groups
The Harvest
Inviting Creativity
Groups for Developing Supervision
Training, Research and Accountability

Praise for the First Edition:

`A welcome addition to the literature... I thank Brigid Proctor for her guidelines for good practice and stimulating ideas for using the potential of groupwork within the supervision process' - ACCORD

This book provides such a good range of books samples for learners when you colouring supervision. It’s been adopted as the core group supervision resource

Ms Liz Swanson
HE, Access and Counselling, South Essex College - Southend
November 30, 2019

A comprehensive exploration of the processes of group supervision. The use of case studies to illustrate effective supervision brings the subject to life, as does Brigid Proctor's passion for group supervision and her support and encouragement for working creatively. This is a valuable resource for trainee, new and experienced supervisors.

Ms Helene Baker
Health & Social Care (Chelmsford), Anglia Ruskin University
June 8, 2016

Relatively few books address the issue of supervision yet this is an integral component of the undergraduate programme at Salford. This book will be helpful to students on the Professional Practice module who in their third year will be encountering group supervision for the first time.

Dr Alan Priest
School of Nursing Midwifery & Social W, Salford University
May 20, 2015

This is an excellent resource book for any student undertake a supervision programme.

It is written in a clear manner and is easy to follow.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Gisela Oates Faculty Office, PCI College
November 3, 2014

very useful for the unit Schools as Organisations made students realise the importance of supervisons for room groups

Mrs Heather Langridge
Education , Nelson & Colne College
November 20, 2013

Useful and some good ideas for supervisions as a group. A useful read for anyone undertaking supervisions

Mrs Claire York
Education , Nelson & Colne College
October 24, 2013

This book is a wonderful resource for both students and tutors new to group supervision contexts. Relevant areas are discussed in a clear and informative manner and both theoretical and practical aspects associated with group supervision are addressed.

Ms Stephanie Revell
Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
July 12, 2013

This publication is a must for all supervisors new to supervising groups. The chapters are logically sequenced with essential information.

Mr Richard Carroll
Faculty of Professional and Vocational Studies, Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
July 3, 2013

Pleased to recommend this classic text.

Dr Els Van Ooijen
School of Social Sciences, University of Wales, Newport
April 23, 2013

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