Supervision in the Helping Profession: Fifth Edition


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This globally bestselling book provides a comprehensive guide to clinical supervision practice for helping professionals from various disciplines. As there has been a strong growth in research on supervision practice over the last 10 years, this new edition has been thoroughly updated to include insights from contemporary research and literature, providing supervisors with an accessible and well-informed grounding for their work.

Highlights of this new edition include:

  • Deeper consideration of the challenges of working as helping professionals in current times
  • Updated guidance for supervisors and supervisees on best practice and making the most of supervision
  • An updated chapter on the Seven-eyed model
  • A revised chapter on running supervisor training programmes, including guidance for training supervisors in using the Seven-eyed model
  • A new chapter on development of supervision across professions, including invited contributions from practitioners from 11 different disciplines
  • A new chapter offering a comprehensive review of research on supervision, focusing on application to practice


  • Foreword by Michael Carroll
  • Introduction
  • 1. ‘Good enough’ supervision and the challenges of our time
  • Part I: The supervisee’s perspective
  • 2. The seven capacities of a reflective practitioner
  • 3. Becoming and being an effective supervisee
  • Part II: The supervisor’s perspective and the process of supervision
  • 4. Becoming and being an effective supervisor
  • 5. Maps and models of supervision
  • 6. The Seven-eyed model of supervision
  • 7. Working with difference: Transcultural supervision
  • 8. Ethical and legal issues: Facing challenging and complex situations in supervision
  • 9. Supervisor training and development
  • Part III: Group, peer-group and team supervision
  • 10. Group and peer-group supervision
  • 11. Supervising in teams and team development
  • Part IV: Supervision in organisations
  • 12. Towards an organisational learning culture
  • 13. Developing supervision policy and practice in organisations
  • Part V: Development of supervision
  • 14. Development of supervision across professions
  • 15. What have we learned about supervision? A review of the research evidence
  • Conclusion
  • 16. Working with an open mind and open heart

Author Bio:

Peter Hawkins is Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Bath Consultancy Group and co-founder of Centre for Supervision and Team Development. He is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in executive coaching, leadership, and creating coaching cultures in organizations.

Robin Shohet has been running supervision courses through the Centre for Supervision and Team Development since 1979. He combines his work as a trainer with team coaching and culture change in organizations using Appreciative Inquiry.


“A practical and empowering guide. The integration of old and new material from therapeutic, systemic, and organisational thinking provides a distinctive and deep foundation for an exceptionally broad account of the key tasks and major methods of supervision.” – Derek Leslie Milne, Fellow of The British Psychological Society, UK.

“An excellent book that provides timely and important information – highly recommended for supervisors across all helping professions.” – Tony Rousmaniere, Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, USA.