Clinical supervision in mental health
: A Foucauldian discourse analysis

  • Helen Carmichael

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The practice of clinical supervision amongst mental health practitioners is hampered by a lack of shared understanding of its nature and purpose and by a complex mixture of assumptions and external expectations. As a result, potential benefits of supervision are diminished and its practice risks losing credibility amongst those in a position to resource it. This study addresses these conflicts through an analysis of the discourse of supervision within mental health nursing, counselling and clinical psychology.
Date of AwardNov 2010
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Essex

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