6Developing the Supervisory Relationship

Building and maintaining the professional relationship begins in the moment when the supervisor and supervisee meet.

In the previous chapter, we discussed the context of supervision and how to set it up. In this chapter we explore how the relationship between the supervisor and supervisee develops and how to initiate the first supervision meeting. It is important to ask a series of questions in the first meeting as the relationship begins. If the supervision process commences with a clear purpose and intent as shown in Figure 6.1, it strengthens the supervisory relationship for the longer term and allows both parties to have a range of different types of conversations. Supervision has to have meaning ...

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