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The Soul of Supervision: Integrating Practice and Theory Paperback – October 20, 2010
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It begins with chapters that examine Reflective Practice and then moves to various supervision styles such as ministerial leadership, pastoral supervision, clinical pastoral education and includes my interest, supervision of spiritual directors. I see the authors seeking to glean from each of these forms of supervision and their individual richness. It's a gift to hold these various disciplines together for reflection!
As Michael Carroll suggests in the introduction the book is first about a philosophy of supervision, followed by a theology of supervision undergirded by a theme of spirituality, and then focuses on pastoral supervision and ministry through a reflective method.
I read this book through the lens of a supervisor of spiritual directors. If one is looking from that perspective there are articles by Conroy and Ruffing that may be helpful to flesh out the uniqueness of supervision of spiritual directors versus other models. I found the Ruffing's work to be more illuminating. I still long for a book that will seriously consider the absolute uniqueness of working with spiritual directors in supervision.
This book could be very helpful to introduce people to supervision practice of many kinds. It will help the reader view the variety of ways supervision is engaged and especially deepening the understanding of the gift that the soul offers.
The Soul of Supervision, edited by Margaret Benefiel and Geraldine Holton, is both illuminating and practical. The book offers a profound synthesis of contemplative spirituality, organizational dynamics and managerial technique. Drawing from a broad range of authors from the United States and Ireland, this book is a helpful and inspiring compendium for anyone engaged in spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy or organizational leadership. I highly recommend The Soul of Supervision.
Kathryn O'Connell Cleary, MA.
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I'm a CPE student and this book is helping me to make the most use of my supervision experience sPublished 8 months ago by FOUWAT