Supportive Clinical Supervision


Enhancing Well-being and Reducing Burnout through Restorative Leadership


Supportive Clinical Supervision is the first systemic, evidence-based guide to the principles and practices of restorative clinical supervision, an organisational tool for reducing employee stress, promoting positive outcomes, and enhancing the emotional well-being of people at work.

Supportive Clinical Supervision provides employees with a safe, confidential space to discuss the impact of work pressures, process challenging emotional aspects of their roles and reflect on work-life balance, and it is widely accepted as an effective means to maintain well-being and boost resilience in healthcare work.

In practice, however, the availability of restorative supervision to workers is often haphazard or superficial, with the growing recognition of supervision’s wider role in professional development yet to extend to its potential as a tool for enhancing staff well-being. Tackling this issue, Supportive Clinical Supervision presents the most up-to-date theory and practical guidance on how people cope with the diverse challenges they encounter in their work as healthcare professionals, and how their employers can help.


Contents (condensed version)

  1. Making the case for supportive supervision
  2. Understanding supportive supervision
  3. Research on supportive supervision
  4. Individual differences and supportive supervision
  5. Influencing organizations through supportive supervision
  6. Supportive supervision – guidelines for supervisors
  7. How supervisees can make the most of their supervision
  8. Supporting supervisors – training and support arrangements
  9. Conclusions and recommendations

Publication date: October 2020

Format: Paperback 350pp



Supervisors, trainee supervisors, consultants and practitioners across health and social care services including psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists, nurses, social workers and midwives. Organisations involved in healthcare provision, service purchasers, and professional associations providing member CPD.


Derek Milne retired in 2010 from his roles as Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Clinical Psychology doctorate at Newcastle University, UK. He has been a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, UK and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He led a pioneering study exploring the potential of clinical supervision, has wide experience as a supervisor and supervision trainer, and continues to teach and research in this area.

Robert Reiser is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in supervision. He is a Beck Institute trained cognitive behaviour therapist and an adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute, Philadelphia, USA. He currently provides ongoing consultation and training for clinicians and case managers in supervision, and supervises medical residents in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.


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