Being Supervised

being supervised

A guide for supervisees

E. de Haan & W. Regouin
Karnac Books, 2016 (2nd revised and updated edition: Routledge, 2022)

BeingSupervised2ndEditionCoverWe know from experience and research that supervisory relationships can be immensely rewarding and developmental. Yet the same relationships can also be, and often are at the same time, highly anxiety-provoking and conflictual. Supervision as a developmental process is often mixed with quality assurance, performance reports, or marking and evaluation. Such processes only amplify the substantial power relationships that are part and parcel of supervision and they make engaging well with a supervisor really tough and challenging.

This book helps supervisees to get the most out of supervision and reap the unique and substantial benefits that can indeed be found on this profound journey.


Why aren’t there more books for supervisees? This book by Erik de Haan and Willemine Regouin tackles that question and provides an answer to it. A practical, down-to-earth, sensible guide to help both new and experienced supervisees get the most from supervision, this updated text speaks to the modern supervisee. It’s the kind of book that I would have loved to have thirty years ago when I first started supervision – something I could confidently give to supervisees to help them be more knowledgeable and skilled as supervisees and more able to partner supervisors on that learning from practice journey. –Michael Carroll, PhD, Visiting Industrial Professor, University of Bristol

This book is applicable for individuals in multiple professions, including coaching professionals, organisational consultants, teachers and psychotherapists. Working in an organisational setting as an internal executive coach, I have found this book very practical with helpful instructions for guided self-reflection. Erik de Haan has added a modern twist to this classic work by Willemine Regouin with a strong focus on practical application and easy referencing which lends itself to dipping in and out and makes it suitable for our busy modern lives. I would recommend this book to anyone who starts on the journey of supervision. –Stephanie Conway, Google Internal Coach and Supervisor

As a trainee supervisor, this book both terrifies me and energises me in equal measure – terrifies because of all the well-armed supervisees who are likely to present in supervision as a result, and energises because of the potential for such rich working alliances to emerge. If you think that your practice, whatever stage it is at, will benefit from a highly informed, and truly helping hand, don’t hesitate to buy this book. –Camilla Beglan, Executive Coach and Supervisor

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