What is supervision?
Supervision… …“is a formal arrangement for therapists to discuss their work regularly with someone who is experienced in both therapy and supervision. The task is to work together to ensure and develop the efficacy of the therapist/client relationship” (What is Supervision, BACP, August 2008).
Supervision provides professional support and guidance in a safe and confidential setting where there is time to reflect and grow. It is a multi-level approach which can be used to explore many professional and work-related matters, such as direct work with clients, professional identity and working styles, ethical practice and decision making, impact issues and secondary trauma resulting from work undertaken, organisational issues, training and development needs, job responsibilities and challenges, team dynamics and working relationships, and many other aspects that may affect practitioners personally and professionally.
Professionals that may benefit from clinical supervision.
I offer a clinical supervision service to individuals and groups working within counselling and psychotherapy and other caring professions. Whilst counsellors and psychotherapists have long been acquainted with the benefits of clinical supervision, other workers in the caring professions can also benefit from a space in which the impact of their work on their own history and personal lives can be explored and worked through. If you work with within a caring profession (teaching, nursing, mental health) and you find yourself worrying about clients or are finding your own emotional welfare is being affected by the work you are doing it is likely that you could benefit from clinical supervision.
Model of supervision
My model of supervision is a Hybrid Model which blends solution focus techniques and creative methods into Hawkins and Shohet integrative process model. This can therefore be adapted to support professionals in a variety of helping professions.
Frequency of supervision
Supervision can be an ongoing process where the supervisor and supervisee meet on a regular basis, or offered as occasional consultative support where meetings take place as necessary, depending on the professional requirements and work of the therapist and the expectations of the professional body to which they belong.
Qualifications and experience
I have worked in dual settings as a supervisor firstly as a Consultant Social Worker providing supervision and consultative work within Children Services. I have supported many students as a mentor and practice assessor. Secondly I am an Accredited Counselling Supervisor and hold a professional postgraduate certificate in supervision. I offer a clinical supervision service to individuals and groups. I also offer mentoring sessions to individuals for example student’s counsellors/ social workers who may need support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.”