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Handbook of Positive Supervision

For Supervisors, Facilitators, and Peer Groups

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This clearly written, practical handbook describes an innovative and successful approach to individual, group, and peer supervision that is suitable for use in any environment (clinical, corporate, educational, health, governmental, community): positive supervision.

Positive supervision focuses on what actually works instead of on problems and on supervisees’ strengths rather than on their deficits. The task of supervisors using this approach is – unlike the more traditional problem-solving – to create solutions with their supervisees and to teach them to apply the same approach when working with their own clients.

Essential reading for all supervisors, this book introduces a new form of supervision, based on positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy, that is shorter, more positive and hopeful, and more cost-effective than traditional methods.

“Handbook of Positive Supervision is a lucidly written book with a lot of practical advice and tips for supervisors and supervisees in all walks of life.
It is intended for everyone who provides supervision whether in a business, education of clinical setting.
The book aims to inspire and expand existing professional knowledge in creative ways.
However, the book does come with one caveat: supervisors and supervisees who come from depth psychology will not find any references to attachment styles, resistance or transference and countertransference issues that form the basis of their work.”

KairosSlovenian Journal for Psychotherapy, June 2015

“This book introduces us and gives the reader a taste of a unique form of supervision, based on positive psychology and solution-focused brief therapy, which have their philosophical roots in social constructivist tradition. Many theories that underpin the practice approach of positive supervision and its reasons for its success are described. The author links the practical aspects of the role of the supervisee and the role of the supervisor in their connectedness within the supervisory process, which makes the text easy to absorb.

This book is essential reading for all supervisors in clinical, educational, corporate, and health environments as well as government departments and non-government agencies. I highly recommend this book for every supervisor who wants to add value to their own and the professional work of their supervisees and see them grow and look after themselves so they are more tuned and rewarded in helping others.”

mediate.comJuly 2015

“In traditional supervision I learned from the ‘sharp minds’ of my supervisors; in positive supervision I learned to use my own ‘sharp mind.’ This helps me to become more independent and more effective in creating and supporting change.”

“My supervisor taught me the power of an optimistic, realistic, and hopeful approach. Positive supervision invited me to reflect on what I want to achieve and how I can rely on my own competencies and strengths. I was encouraged to explore what I had already achieved in working with my clients, what works, what I want to continue doing, and what I would like to do differently.”

“Suddenly I realized I had more competencies than I previously thought I had. By experiencing what positive supervision does to you, I became instantly excited to also use this approach in the treatments with my clients.”

“This supervision gives me a sense of empowerment. I do hope that other supervisees will experience”