The state of the science of clinical supervision in the United States

A social work- and nursing-focused perspective

Authored by: Carlean Gilbert , John R. Cutcliffe

Routledge Handbook of Clinical Supervision

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415779555
eBook ISBN: 9780203843437
Adobe ISBN: 9781136912801


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This chapter focuses on a rigorous review of the clinical supervision literature emanating from social work and nursing in the US. It provides background to the inception and subsequent development of clinical supervision in both disciplines, looks at changes in terminology and trends over time, and draws attention to a number of perhaps disconcerting contemporary changes in supervision practices in social work. Similarly, it highlights how, according to the limited extant literature, the practices of clinical supervision appear to have ‘morphed’ over the years in US nursing; moving dramatically away from the original conceptualisations and tenets.

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