Clive Huntbach, MSc Couns/Psych, PG Cert Supervision, MBACP(reg)
In 2001, I qualified as counsellor after completion of the training at Keele University. Since, I have continued to practice in a variety of settings, both in paid employment and as a volunteer, including work with children and young people, individuals and families affected by HIV, and people with issues around sexuality. In previous employment, in residential Child Care as a unit manager, I was responsible for the individual clinical supervision of my staff team.
In January 2012, I began supervision of counsellors as part of the HE Certificate in Counselling Supervision course at Keele University.
Modes, Models, and Theoretical Orientation That I Use
As a counsellor and supervisor, I work primarily from a Person Centred perspective; however, I do draw on other theories and models of intervention where I feel it is appropriate. For supervision, I employ the same method and follow the Seven Eyed Supervision: A Process Model (Hawkins and Shohet model), which was created by Hawkins & Shohet in 2000. This seven stage model helps the supervisor and supervisee to focus more closely on the supervisees counselling practice.
Supervision Agreement and Contract
In the first supervision session, the supervisee and I spend time discussing and agreeing a contract that is acceptable for both of us. My prepared standard written contract forms the basis of this discussion. This, I feel, identifies the necessary boundaries and limitations that need to be considered in a 1-1 supervisory relationship. I share this with the supervisee and if any adjustments or amendments are felt necessary, or appropriate, I discuss and agree them with the individual supervisee before adjusting the written agreement.
In line with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice, I attend consultant supervision on a monthly basis for an hour and a half. My supervisor is an experienced counsellor who has practiced in a variety of settings that include: higher education, work with young people, and work with people that have issues around their sexuality. I use the same person as my counselling supervisor. I share concerns and issues that have been raised for me by my supervisees as well as share my general caseload material as and when I feel it is necessary to explore something further. This continues on a regular on-going basis.