I am an experienced supervisor and have worked for both charities, agencies and in private practice for 8+ years and this has entailed supervising both trainees and qualified therapists. I am fully experienced in completing paperwork and supervisee assessment for educational providers.
As a therapist and supervisor I believe that regular supervision helps to fulfil the ethical principles as outlined by the BACP ethical framework. It ensures that equal opportunities are provided and met by the supervisee. It ensures that the supervisee works ethically and competently, and serves as a safeguard for the supervisee (and indirectly their clients) should they experience difficulties in their work, or need to discuss any concerns that they have about a particular client.
Supervision ensures that the supervisee works ethically, professionally, safely and for the benefit of the client at all times. It is a chance for the supervisee to help identify ethical conflicts/dilemmas and help provide feedback.
The supervision framework I offer is informed by The Seven-Eyed Supervision model developed by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet in 1985, who integrated the relational and systemic aspects of supervision in a single theoretical model and the Integrated Developmental Model - Stoltenberg and Delworth 2002.
In practice this includes:
To support the supervisee’s work with an Integrative approach to Supervision.
To explore any concerns that the supervisee may have.
To ensure that the supervisee works ethically, professionally, safely and for the benefit of the client at all times and an opportunity to help identify ethical conflicts/dilemmas and help provide feedback.
To look at the relationship and how it is developing - the supervisee and client and the supervisee and I and to establish if the relationship is beneficial and productive for the client, supervisee and to explore themes that are developing and future areas of exploration.
To encourage self and relational reflexivity.
To provide a working framework that is non oppressive, explorative and sensitive to all individuals and our own systemic histories.
To monitor workload and work/life balance.
To adhere to the agency procedures and ethos.
To explore training needs and to explore and identify future development.
I aim to provide a warm, emphatic, curious, respectful, knowledgeable, competent and both a sensitive and on occasion robustly challenging dialogue - as appropriate.
Like any relationship it takes time to co-create a trusting and open relationship. To aid this I would encourage transparency, honesty, empathy and self and relational reflexivity from both parties. I understand and appreciate that the supervisee’s work is precious and my aim is for supervision to be a forum in which it can be celebrated, explored, respected and reflected upon.