Johnella Bird is already well-known for highly creative thinking that challenges the implicit rules governing therapeutic practice. In her new book, Constructing The Narrative In Super-vision, she leaves behind the traditional role of the authoritative expert ‘supervisor’ and presents a fresh approach to super-vision. This method emphasises the use of prismatic dialogue to evoke the voices of all the participants in counselling and super-vision. Johnella guides the reader through these practice-centred techniques, allowing for a genuine exploration of the dynamic interplay between participants’ subjective experiences and their theoretical and life knowledges.
As always, Johnella is willing to confront and clarify the experiential nature of the power relation as it occurs within therapeutic and super-vision relationships.
Constructing The Narrative In Super-vision presents rich, illustrative material that effectively grounds the ideas and practices.
Readers of Johnella’s earlier books will know how effectively she interweaves transcript and clinical scenarios into her writings.
This book is relevant to all clinicians who participate in super-vision.
Johnella demonstrates ways to expose different expectations, hopes and experiences within therapeutic and super-vision relationships while maintaining professional boundaries. These illustrations will assist all participants of super-vision to prepare for challenging or difficult conversations.
About the Author:
Johnella Bird is a counselling practitioner and co-director of The Family Therapy Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. She consults to and facilitates teaching programmes for mental health practitioners, social workers, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists and nurses throughout Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The theoretical and technical development of her clinical work continues to be founded on an extensive counselling practice with individuals, couples and families. Her first book, The Heart’s Narrative is now in its second edition.