• In Love with Supervision: creating transformative conversations

In Love with Supervision: creating transformative conversations

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ISBN 9781910919514 (06/02/20)
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Robin and Joan Shohet are pioneers in supervision training for the helping professions. Much more than a manual, this book embodies the heart, soul, spirit and values of their training courses – a golden treasury of insight, wisdom and practical techniques. Its detailed descriptions of their courses apply directly to the work of the helping professions and the therapeutic relationship; what they say also applies to how we all negotiate relationships in our work and our lives.

The book opens with the ‘23 principles’ that form the basis of their beliefs about the role and function of supervision. It goes on to describe in detail five of the courses they have been running for some 40 years. These are vivid scripts taken directly from course recordings, bringing to life the interactions, exchanges and relationships played out in the training process. Here we have the Core Course, the Seven-Eyed Model, the Group Supervision Course, the Advanced Course, and the one-day workshop Fear and Love in Supervision. The book ends with a bank of resources drawn from Robin’s published writings over the years.

These are bold, brave, sometimes raw and always deeply honest accounts of the Shohets’ inspirational supervision training – each accompanied by one of Joan’s cake recipes.

Part 1: Sources

1. Supervision: a way of life

2: Philosophy and principles


Part 2: Courses

3. The core course

4. The seven-eyed model

5. The group supervision course

6. The advanced course

7. The supervisory relationship

8. Fear and love in supervision

9. The Beast from the East: from rupture to repair to transformation

10. Conclusion. Beyond otherness: supervision as spiritual practice


Part 3: Resources

‘The book is a delightful read – it zings engagingly along, full of stories and vignettes, quotations and anecdotes.’ Professor Charlotte Sills, Ashridge Business School and Metanoia Institute, London.

‘A wise, loving, and penetrating book about supervision by the acknowledged masters in the field.’ Dina Glouberman, psychotherapist

‘... a golden treasury of ideas, examples and food for thought.’ Els van Ooijen, psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor in private practice

Robin and Joan Shohet

Robin Shohet has been supervising and training supervisors since 1976 and has published widely in the field, including co-authoring Supervision in the Helping Professions and editing Passionate Supervision and Supervision as Transformation. In addition to teaching supervision, he works with Appreciative Inquiry as part of a commitment to wanting to see people flourish at work. 

Joan Shohet has been supervising since 1972 and co-founded the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (www.cstdlondon.co.uk) in 1979. She now works as a trainer, supervisor, psychotherapist and mediator.  Her passion is in enabling people to find the work they love and love the work they do.  Her particular interests are working with systems and using family and organisational constellations work.  She is a long-term member of Findhorn Playback Theatre and co-author of the Boxing Clever Cookbook.  Her husband, sons and grandchildren, along with her peer supervision group, are her life-long best supervisors and have taught her the joy, beauty, love and humility of being a human being.

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