Supervision in the Helping Professions


  • Terence L. Nice University of Kent



Supervision, Education, Health


Hawkins and Shohet (2012) have surveyed and concisely mapped the developing and changing landscape of supervision, including the recognition and impact of new technologies including e-supervision. They have added new chapters and ideas, with the second edition including a chapter on diversity. The latest edition recognises the importance of complex ethical challenges and working with cultural difference in the milieu of transcultural supervision. The authors interrogate the economic, demographic and ecological crises that irrevocably face humanity in the context of an exponentially growing population, diminishing resources and global economic disruption. Hawkins and Shohet (2012) reason that supervision in the helping professions will have its part to play in mediating what they describe as ‘the Great Disruption’ (Gilding, 2011). The purpose of the book is to assist supervisors and supervisees in developing an integrated and relationally based supervisory approach, combining the essential elements of development, support, reflection and qualitative evaluation.


Carroll, M. (2012) Forward to Supervision in the Helping Professions. Edited by Hawkins, P. and Shohet, R. 4th edn. McGraw Hill. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Gilding, B. (2011) The Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis Will Transform Society. London: Bloomsbury.

Hawkins, P. & Smith, N. (2006) Coaching, mentoring and organizational consultancy: supervision and development. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Schon, D. (1983). The Reflective Practitioner. New York: Basic Books.




How to Cite

Nice, T. L. (2017). Supervision in the Helping Professions. Advanced Journal of Professional Practice, 1(1).



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