Elizabeth Lawrence BA ed (hons), Psych. Couns, Hyp (Reg CS and HS).
Supervision is first and foremost a process that is practiced. Supervision is about support, encourage and engaging in emotionally demanding tasks, to make sure the counsellor knows how to do what is expected and to uphold agreed standards and support the supervisee/counsellor to work towards. Supervision forms a respectful and robust relationship with the people they are supervising.
Regular supervision with your counselling supervisor is fundamental in supporting good practice throughout a counsellor’s working life. Supervision provides professional counsellors with regular and ongoing opportunities to reflect all aspects of their practice in order to work ethically, effectively and safely. Supervision also sustains the personal and professional requirement to work as an approved counsellor.
Almost every professional body for counselling and psychotherapy requires integrating supervision into their clinical practice. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) requires qualified counsellors receive 1½ hours of supervision per month. The guidelines for trainee counsellors determine a minimum of 1½ hours per month. A ratio of eight hours counselling to 1 hour of supervision per month is recommend. The trainee should see their supervisor every 2 weeks, but at least once a month. (Other organisations may have different require.
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“A good supervisor is a necessity and a gift” Therapy Today