Tony Morrison

Strength to Strength

Training pack

A facilitator’s guide to preparing supervisees, students and trainees for supervision

Strength to Strength is a flexible and accessible session-based training resource designed to help supervisees get the most of of the supervision process.



Strength to Strength is a unique resource that provides a tool for supervisors, trainers and student teachers to prepare practitioners for supervision. Too often, attention focuses solely on the training of supervisors, resulting in only one side of the supervision partnership being prepared.

This innovative training tool redresses the imbalance by preparing supervisees to act as informed and active partners, in order to maximise the benefits of the supervision process. Designed to be used flexibly for either work-site development sessions or by trainers for off-site programmes, Strength to Strength fills a major gap in the workforce development armoury.

Professionals within the social care sector are required to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Those who use this resource will be able to gain CPD points.


Frontline supervisors in health social care and some criminal justice services such as youth offending teams and parts of probation; multidisciplinary and integrated service teams (such as SureStart Children’s Centres); practice teachers for professional training courses/universities who supervise students on placements; trainers and facilitators involved in workforce development in the same sectors.


ISBN: 9781841961750
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 01 May 2008

  • Chapter 1: Rationale, purpose and structure of the guide
  • Chapter 2: Context and considerations: before you start
  • Chapter 3: Supervisee comptences and learning objectives
  • Chapter 4: Supervisee development sessions, tools and exercises


Tony Morrison was a leading figure in the field of social care, particularly respected for his work on supervision, staff development and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. After completing his training in 1977, he worked as a probation officer with Greater Manchester Probation Service before joining the NSPCC Special Unit in Rochdale, Lancashire, where he and colleagues were instrumental in developing an assessment framework used in child protection. He became an independent trainer and consultant in 1989. At a time when treatment for sexual offenders was only just developing in the UK, he was the co-founder and first chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers. He was made an MBE in 1998 in recognition of his efforts in creating a network to support and develop professionals undertaking this challenging work.

Tony was perhaps best known for his work on improving the quality of supervision. His book Staff Supervision in Social Care (1993/2005) – also published by Pavilion – has become the standard text on the subject and is now in its third revised edition. He wrote and co-authored many other chapters, manuals, articles and books on social care practice. In 2009, he developed a national training programme for the Children’s Workforce Development Council for England, aimed at improving the quality of supervision received by newly qualified social workers.

Tony was awarded an MA in management, learning and leadership from Lancaster University in 2007 and, shortly before his death, had been awarded a PhD from Huddersfield University. He died suddenly in 2010.


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