However, advances in the fields of anthropological linguistics and socio-linguistics hold important implications for understanding supervisory practice. An anthropological linguistic examination of the supervisory conference as a unique type of talk not only yields its particular characteristics, but also aids in the understanding of the participants’ orientations, and informs the theories and practice-the praxis-of supervision. One particular project of this book is to foster a revitalization of the practice and theory of supervision through a more profound understanding of its processes and practitioners’ beliefs. Tangentially, such understandings should aid the practitioner who is so disposed in efforts at increased cooperation and collegiality. In short, such new understandings should facilitate reform.