The Importance of Supervision


  • Robin Shohet London Centre for Supervision and Team Development



supervision, chaplaincy, spiritual care


This article is a reflection on my extended and rewarding experience of supervision. Through having a nourishing and challenging first experience of supervision I was able to be supported in the very demanding environment of a residential therapeutic community for people who had come out of psychiatric hospital. It was not only the individual supervision I had, but the ethos of the staff team which made sure my supervision time was protected, and built in as part of team supervision (staff dynamics).


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How to Cite

Shohet, R. (2015). The Importance of Supervision. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 2(2), 195-202.