Moving away from the usual medical-modeled framework of mental health focused on problems, Strengths-Based Supervision in Clinical Practice takes a postmodern, social construction approach, looking for and amplifying strengths and encouraging stakeholders to use them. Based on research in brain science, as well as from the Information Age/Connectivity Age thinking, the book reframes the focus of supervision, management, and leadership to one that collaborates and builds on strengths with supervisees as competent stakeholders in their work with their clients. Deconstructing the usual top-down hierarchy, Strengths-Based Supervision leads the reader through the full range of supervision, from the clinical aspects to the administration of all organizations where clinicians are trained, supervised, and encouraged to excel and grow. The book contains two full chapters on traditional clinical supervision before moving on to strengths-based work in not only clinical supervision, but also agency and organizational work, all from a contemporary strengths-based model. The book is chock-full of vignettes and includes a full chapter with two case studies. This is the next generation of supervision.
Dr. Jeffrey K. Edwards earned his doctorate in Counselor Education at Northern Illinois University. As an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, he was a clinical supervising faculty for the Family Institute of Northwestern University. His clinical specializations are in the areas of Couple & Family Counseling and Sex Therapy, Substance Abuse, and Clinical Supervision. He is a professor Emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University and taught courses in Introductory Family Counseling; Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling; Children, Youth and their Systems; and Clinical Supervision. He was the president of the Illinois Counseling Association and the Illinois Counselor Educators and Supervisors Association and served as an executive board member of the Illinois Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Forward Prologue Part I- In the Beginning 1. The History and Traditions of Clinical Supervision 2. Executive Skills of Strengths-Based Supervision Part II- A Time for a Change to a New Model 3. A Time for Change 4. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision Primer: Social Constructivism and Postmodernism 5. Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision Primer: From the Roots of Psychology 6. Larger Systems: Strengths-Based Management and Leadership Part III- Faces of Strength: Putting my Currency where my Mouth Is 7. Supervision Sessions and Personnel Management: Vantage Point, Point of View, and Perspective 8. Two Case Studies Part IV- Moving into the Future 9. Lessons Learned and Where to from Here? 10. Epilogue