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Clinical Supervision: What to Do and How to Do It 1st Edition

Robert I. Cohen

  • Published
  • 128 Pages


This book presents a practical yet comprehensive framework for thinking about and doing clinical supervision. It provides a strengths based, process phase model that begins with engagement and "carries through" to assessment, goal setting, intervention and evaluation. There is also an intervention section that focuses on the clinical supervisor's administrative role as manager, which includes information on managing risk, and managing the agency/staff "fit". Issues related to culturally competent practice, ethics and legal issues are weaved through the text from beginning to end. To help students learn the complex dynamics of clinical supervision, Dr. Cohen provides a multitude of case illustrations gathered form 30 years of practice experience. These examples are intended to make didactic features of the framework "come alive" as they illuminate the thinking processes of the participants and in most cases, their feelings and behavior as well.

Robert I. Cohen,

Robert I. Cohen received his M.S.W. from SUNY at Stony Brook and his Ph.D., in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He has a successful private (clinical) practice in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts working directly with clients and regularly supervising other supervisors and clinicians in a half dozen agency and medical settings. He teaches and has taught at Rhode Island College's MSW program, the University of Rhode Island, and the Corporate Management Education Center at Boston University. In addition, he has conducted numerous workshops locally, nationally and internationally on various aspects of practice, most recently on effective supervision. While he is trained as a clinical psychologist and social worker, he has taught and or worked with people in counseling, marriage and family therapy, nursing, pastoral counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, psychiatry and business.
1. Beginning the Supervision.
2. Developing the Relationship: Supervisor Skills and Attributes.
3. The Individual and Group Formats for Supervision.
4. Assessment.
5. Formative Assessment, Goals for Growth and Contract Revision.
6. Intervention: The Supervisor's Clinical Role.
7. Intervention: The Supervisor's Administrative Role.
A Final Note.

"This book addresses much of what is important in the supervisory process in an informal manner. The author has thoughtfully reviewed a career’s worth of clinical and supervisory experience. The issues and examples addressed in this text are generic to mental health service, and the book is likely to be one of particular interest to masters level students who will eventually be serving as supervisors."

"A good addition to the available textbook literature and one that students should like as it is practical but also well grounded..."