What do I want from Supervision? I want to feel held and heard, feel both lighter and invigorated with a renewed zest for what I do and a sense I have gained more confidence and a sense that I am ok. This is what I also want for my supervises.
Clinical supervision brings skilled supervisors and practitioners together in order to reflect upon their practice and ensure client work is ethical and safe.
I bring my years of experience managing and supervising casework of practitioners in the public sector and the 7 Eyed Model developed by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet.
At its heart, this model is about inviting a diversity of views and perspectives. It combines both the psychodynamic as well as systems understanding of how things connect. It creates space for the exploration of the relationships at play. It openly invites the subjective feelings and perceptions of the supervisor as a valuable source of information.
The power of this model comes from being able to view your work with clients from seven different perspectives. Rather than just viewing your work through the lens of the interventions you used with your client or taking a judgemental stance about what you have done 'right' or 'wrong' it offers a variety of lenses which can provide deep insight into what is impacting upon the interactions you are having with your client.
Having a model and structure for supervision is important but of equal importance is the supervisor and supervisee relationship. A cooperative working partnership is essential. It enables the supervisee to inspire to be the best counsellor and ensure the supervisor guides the counsellor to reflect rather than ‘police’ the supervisees’ work. I encourage supervisees to expose themselves to problematic issues to allow them to work their own way forward and to reflect on how they are doing. I create a safe and brave space for the supervisee to feel free to say how they are doing in their work (especially if it exposes vulnerabilities) and how they feel about the the work we do together.
The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.