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Supervising the Reflective Practitioner An Essential Guide to Theory and Practice

AN EXCELLENT definition of reflective practice by the author who says it has become a necessary and desirable part of the caring professions.

The text is comprehensive, well-structured and enjoyable to read. While the material used could be gleaned from other texts, Ms Scaife’s personal view and her use of innovative ways to illustrate her points — for example vignettes, cartoons, dialogues and literary commentary — are engaging.

The theory, the link between personal and professional, is explored in terms of development and growth. Ms Scaife wisely points out that dealing with other people’s distress can take its toll on the practitioner, but that sufficient recognition of the practitioner’s personal needs may lead to better psychological resilience. She says that it is through reflective practice that the personal and professional can be nurtured, contextualised and encouraged to develop and grow.

The book moves on to supervision — its characteristics, requirements, purposes and execution. The various approaches to supervision are laid out clearly and discussed so there will be something for every supervisor to

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The text is comprehensive, well-structured and enjoyable to read. While the material used could be gleaned from other texts, Ms Scaife’s personal view and her use of innovative ways to illustrate her points — for example vignettes, cartoons, dialogues and literary commentary — are engaging.

The theory, the link between personal and professional, is explored in terms of development and growth. Ms Scaife wisely points out that dealing with other people’s distress can take its toll on the practitioner, but that sufficient recognition of the practitioner’s personal needs may lead to better psychological resilience. She says that it is through reflective practice that the personal and professional can be nurtured, contextualised and encouraged to develop and grow.

The book moves on to supervision — its characteristics, requirements, purposes and execution. The various approaches to supervision are laid out clearly and discussed so there will be something for every supervisor to add to his or her practice. Equally those being supervised can become empowered to ask for the kind of supervision they require.

This account of reflective practice and its characteristics will help healthcare professionals, particularly nurses involved in clinical supervision, to connect and recognise clear challenges in their own practice.

The content will also appeal to supervisees who wish to gain deeper insight and knowledge into the practice of supervision.

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