Margaret Pracka MA, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist ACP, Art Therapist HCPC
Clinical Supervision and Consultation
I am :
Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist registered with Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), trained by the Tavistock Centre (London),
Art Therapist registered with Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), trained at University of Sheffield, Sheffield.
I have many years of experience of working with children, adolescents, young adults, in the NHS, charitable and private settings.
I have also extended experience of providing specialist individual, group and organisational consultation and clinical supervision to professionals who work in: NHS, educational and private provisions:
- social workers
- health visitors, doctors, nurses
- nursery staff and youth workers in a range of settings
- trainees therapists new to practice
- therapists in practice
What difference is between clinical supervision and consultation?
- Consultation is the understanding that professional responsibility for the work remains with consultee and the choice of whether or not to to put into practice advice that has been discuss in consultation.
- Clinical supervision is that supervisor has clinical responsibility for the work and has authority to require the supervisee to follow advice and direction.
Why is clinical supervision or consultation important?
Working with young people who often suffer varying degrees of emotional distress and disturbance can be puzzling, distressing and demanding. For this reason regular clinical supervision and consultations should be an essential part of professional life of all who work in helping profession i.e.: social care, medical staff, youth workers, care staff in residential therapeutic settings, educational settings or residential provisions.
What does clinical supervision and consultation provides?
Professionals who work with young people need support to ensure that they do not become overwhelmed or demoralised by the emotional pressure that they are constantly under. They need: time, space safe, confidential and containing space where they can think and reflect on their daily work. This space can help professionals to have a clearer understanding of the child's emotional experiences. Then, this understanding can be used to help develop better strategies for managing young people behaviour.
What does clinical supervision and consultation promotes?
Clinical supervisions and consultations should promote:
- individual professional development
- and development of organisational service.
What I offer as the clinical supervisor and consultant?
For both the good supervision and consultation to take place there needs to be mutual respect, trust and honesty. As the supervisor and consultant I am able to empathise, be sensitive, attentive and listen well with those who I work with. I provide a safe, respectful, confidential and non judgemental space where demands of clinical work can be thought through and better or different understanding reached how to help clients and how to cope with multi-dynamics of work.