A Different Wisdom: Reflections on Supervision in Practice, by Penny Henderson

By Penny Henderson

Britain has a great culture of writing approximately supervision perform. This publication connects to this by means of organizing mirrored image round the perform taken from the author’s 16 years adventure as a practitioner. Taking 3 huge units of projects of supervision as an organizing body, the ebook weaves examples adventure with present examine and different reflective writing. From a greatly humanistic viewpoint, she examines the developmental trip of a manager attracted to the overlap of the non-public and the pro. Penny’s historical past in grownup and better schooling leads her to stress the training that comes via improvement of perform knowledge in collegial supervisory conversations. examine has emphasised the significance of the connection for powerful supervision. This publication combines an curiosity in developing and maintaining the connection, with extending the advance of the supervisee. it truly is targeted in exploration of the pragmatics of perform, whereas describing the normative roles and projects inherent within the a part of supervisory paintings that makes a speciality of the safety of the customer.

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Their readiness to learn and awareness of the need to do so might also arise because they are moving through stages of development about an issue or skill: from unconscious incompetence, unconscious competence, or self-conscious incompetence towards self-aware competence. Unconsciously, surely each of us is learning something new each day and with every new relationship. However, the value of supervision is that the reflective space supports us to stop and consciously consider what we have experienced and what sense we are making of it.

He encouraged trainers and practitioners to notice small “boundary violations” where the patient is treated as “special”, and clarified ways to discuss and resist bent or broken boundaries. The exercise of power in the counselling exchange needs sensitive review. It is my belief that the counsellor’s capacity to accept themselves “warts and all” is a more indicative predictor of their therapeutic efficacy than their intention to accept the client. We so often have harsher standards for ourselves than for our neighbours or dear friends.

I need to be in a warm relationship that feels underpinned by a sense of emotional connection, and has a quality of containment and encouragement. Even experienced and introverted practitioners sometimes need this, in the teeth of demanding and challenging client–counsellor relationships. It may be felt as relating with the fullness of humanity and even vulnerability: seeing and being seen “warts and all”, as Oliver Cromwell said. Clearly, if the focus of the work were all based on feelings, the supervision would not perform essential reflective tasks.

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