Supervision is a formal arrangement for both qualified and trainee practitioners engaged in therapeutically-based or helping services. It provides a regular opportunity to discuss clinical work with an experienced consultant.
I am a fully qualified counselling supervisor and my approach to supervision is informed by Inskipp and Proctor’s three-stage model:
The Normative phase of the model allows for a sharing of responsibility between both parties for monitoring competent practice. It involves issues connected to professional and ethical guidelines, laws and standards of practice.
The Formative phase focuses on client work, with particular emphasis on professional development, skills and theoretical knowledge.
The Restorative phase allows for self-care, support and renewal. It also focuses on the impact of the work on the practitioner and the ability to manage significant life events whilst still working.
Supervision also provides a space for an exploration of the following:
- The developmental stage of the practitioner and its relationship to client work
- The context of the work
- Professionalism, relationship building, the management of boundaries, dual relationships and conflicts of interest
- Identity and diversity
- The socio-cultural and socio-political aspects of therapeutic work
- The influence of dominant societal narratives and social institutions on client experience
- Safeguarding, risk assessment, limits to confidentiality, defensible decision making and informed consent
- Use of self-disclosure
- The efficacy of the helping relationship
- The administrative and organisational aspects of client work.
Clinical supervision meetings are usually scheduled on a monthly basis.
If you feel you might benefit from a period of supervised practice or if your registered/accrediting body requires that you engage in regular and on-going supervision, please contact me to arrange an initial meeting.
You can find my current supervision fees here.