JKP was thrilled to attend the launch of Caroline Schuck (pictured right) and Jane Wood‘s new book, Inspiring Creative Supervision, last week at the University of Westminster, UK, where Caroline and Jane both teach supervision skills and reflective practice.

Sylvina Tate, Practitioner Development Theme Leader in the School of Life Sciences at the university, opened proceedings by introducing Caroline and Jane, and described the hugely positive influence that their creative approach to supervision has had on others’ work.

Caroline and Jane then took over to describe how a chance meeting at a supervisors’ refreshment day originally brought them together; how they began running supervision workshops together and challenging each other to be more creative and less bound by theory; and how this ultimately inspired them to write the book.

In the book, Caroline and Jane show that by using many different materials, as well as the rich experience of the senses, supervisors can go beyond the formal demands of their role and feel inspired by creativity, spontaneity and experiential work. They draw together theory, case studies and practical exercises, and provide ideas for setting up and running successful creative supervision sessions.

Throughout the evening, attendees were encouraged to tap into their own creativity by trying out some of the creative supervision ideas from the book using familiar props such as toys and bricks, objets trouvés, money and puppets.

They also had the opportunity to have their books signed by the authors – and sample some of Caroline’s delicious homemade sushi!

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to make the evening such a great success.

More on the JKP Blog: ‘Five Ways to Loosen up your Style as a Supervisor’

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