Team supervision: theory and practice
Bohumila Baštecká, Veronika Čermáková, Milan Kinkor
We would like to let you know that a book of the Team supervision was published in Prague this spring. Two members of the authors´ team (Veronika Čermáková and Milan Kinkor) are members of the Czech Institute for Supervision (and EASC), the third one (Bohumila Baštecká) comes out from another supervision training (Developmental Supervision in Social Work). We would like to thank to you too, because the book „was born“ also thanks to some financial contribution from EASC to the Regional group donated about five years ago (our thanks are also expressed in the preface of the book). It will be our pleasure to give you one print (maybe in Bratislava conference?)
External team supervision seems sometimes to create more threats than opportunities. Three main authors of this book therefore tried to find out the preconditions for good process and good outcomes of this kind of supervision that is typically based on relationship triangle. The very polygon - composed of a) supervised team with its leader, b) manager who assigns supervision and pays for it and c) supervisor – is responsible for good effect of reflective supervision. Each side of the polygon represents context of its own. Equilateral supervision contract is needed to distribute and balance power and responsibility among its sides appropriately according to supervision task.
Whole book is composed of triangles and illustrated by supervision cases and stories.
The first part of the book introduces three main contexts of external team supervision: the world of the organization including mission, vision, values that dictate the conditions for team; the world of the team as performance-related non-hierarchical community based on partnership; the world of supervision with its three functions and several team forms aiming at cases, at relationships and communication, and at management.
The second part of the book deals with three perspectives that are supposed to be balanced and reflected in supervision practice: outcomes, processes and relationships constitute the coordinates of supervision performance.
Whole supervision process is described in detail in the third part of the book. Three chapters depict the span of supervision collaboration from beginning and contracting through supervising to evaluating and ending.
Last part of the book corresponds to its introduction where the authors have introduced themselves through “supervision visiting cards”. In the last section they also stop writing namelessly together and each of them offers team supervision case study that is characteristic of her or him.
Whole book thus encourages readers to go in for responsible assigning/using/doing team supervision that is based on competencies, that means on knowledge, skills and values of managers, teams and supervisors.