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Exploring the Human Element, REISSUE

An ideal supplemental textbook for classes in any professional program that trains psychotherapists and a valuable resource for working professionals.

This reissued classic teaches supervisors and supervisees to anticipate the workplace issues they may face and provides them with valuable insights about what goes on in the clinical supervisory relationship. Because such a range of real-life situations are presented, readers reap the benefit of being confronted with workplace situations it might take them years to run across. The diverse vignettes, drawn from clinical practice in a variety of settings, lend a powerful dynamic to this practical book and provide a departure point for discussion or even debate about sensitive issues.

The video, Challenges in Cross Cultural Supervision, created by Kaiser and her colleagues Carol Kuechler and Angeline Barretta Herman, is based on the concepts in this book and is available on YouTube.

"Twenty-five years and hundreds of other articles and books on supervision have in no way supplanted the messages in this book… a unique contribution of great value to everyone from an experienced supervisor to a trainee. …It was ahead of its time in addressing race and cultural issues."

— Gary R. Schoener, MEq, director of the Institute for Consultation and Training, Walk-In Counseling Center, Minneapolis, MN and international expert in clinical ethics and supervision

"This clearly written, carefully organized book recognizes the complex ways that the supervisory relationship underpins the learning and provides a user-friendly framework for in-depth consideration of both helpful and potentially troublesome elements. . . . Dr. Kaiser’s selection of vignettes reflects an exceptional grasp of the minefields to be anticipated and, ideally, to be re-navigated with curiosity, caring, empathy."

— Margot Aronson, LICSW, deputy director of Policy and Practice, Clinical Social Work Association

"The material is practical and the vignettes address the heart of the problem that supervisor and supervisee struggle with and is often omitted in training and education. The book presents supervisors and supervisees as humans and not mere machines without feeling, a history and a story which can limit them professionally. The honesty and directness related to race and ethnicity was a breath of fresh air, giving concrete examples enhances the learning experience."

— Janice Adams, Indiana Wesleyan University

"I think that this work could well become a classic in the area because of its strenghts in providing both considerable material on cross-cultural relationships and in its experience-near approach to the topic. Indeed, I have suggested to individuals I know who teach in this area that they should watch for its publication."

— Carolyn Saari, Loyola University

Table of Contents

  • The Importance of Relationship
  • Power and Authority
  • Power: Dual Roles in Supervision
  • Shared Meaning
  • Trust
  • Epilogue
  • References

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