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Supervision Essentials for a Systems Approach to Supervision by Elizabeth Holloway

American Psychological Association 2016


ISBN-13: 978-1433822070
ISBN-10: 1433822075

The heart of clinical supervision is the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee. Elizabeth L. Holloway’s systems approach to supervision conceptualizes this all-important relationship as consisting of several key dimensions, or systems, which interact and together help create and maintain the supervisory relationship. These systems include the client, the trainee, the supervisor, the functions and learning tasks in supervision, and the institution in which the supervision process is taking place. As Holloway compellingly argues, for clients, trainees, and supervisors alike, our decision making and actions are always consciously or tacitly embedded within these systems. Understanding the dynamic interplay of the interdependent components of each system is essential to building a strong and thriving supervisory relationship.

            With detailed case examples (including excerpts and analyses of real supervision sessions with real trainees Holloway skillfully demonstrates the various roles supervisors play, from monitor and advisor, to role model, consultant, and mentor. The unique importance of supervisory competencies, including counseling skills, case conceptualization, ethical practice, intra- and interpersonal awareness, and self-evaluation, is examined in full depth.

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Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, PhD, professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Leadership and Change at Antioch University, has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in relational practice with educators, trainers, organizations, and mental health clients. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has conducted workshops on her model of clinical supervision and a systems approach to workplace civility throughout the world. She can be reached at or