Hofgreve UItgevers, Amsterdam 2012, 255 pages, ISBN 978-90-79729-68-5.
Many readers will remember Fredrike Bannink from her informative keynote address on Solution-Focused Mediation at the 11th National Mediation Conference in Sydney, 8-10 September 2012.
Bannink’s latest publication ’Positive supervision and intervision’ is based on the solution focused paradigm for individual and group supervision sessions. Accordingly, learning is about our success stories as well as other practitioners’ success stories and much less about what did not work or went wrong which may be the traditional experience when a problem solving paradigm is used. Table 1 on page 24 illustrates the clear differences between positive supervisory questions in contrast to more traditional questions that a supervisor may ask their supervisees.
The role of the supervisor therefor is that of someone who builds on what went well, followed by an exploration of how this was achieved and how the practitioner can further develop their expertise. Supervisees are acknowledged as “co-experts” and the supervisor responds only when invited to provide suggestions or advice. Practitioners are encouraged to develop their own enthusiasm for their goals in their work. In their reflection they acknowledge their existing competencies together with an identification of how they can expand these so as to build on their strengths both professionally and personally.
Bannink describes in Part 1 a range of theories that underpin positive supervision in practice. Inspiring information is provided on how to make supervision both exciting and rewarding for the supervisory relationship and to make the process more worthwhile for the supervisee and the supervisor alike.
The process for positive supervision and intervision begins with building rapport so the relationship is fostered in a positive tone from the beginning based on the following four pillars