If you are a coach or therapist and want to ensure your practice is safe, ethical and providing the optimum amount of challenge and support, tailored to the needs of each individual, then supervision is essential.
Supervision is a confidential space that enables you to gain deeper understanding of your situation, clients and your self and discuss personal and professional issues that you are unable to discuss with your colleagues, family, friends or associates. It is a platform for personal and professional continual learning and growth.
The session was my first supervision session and it exceeded my expectations. I left having felt confident in how to improve my practice going forward and have discussed what had been worrying me. Just from the first session I have been able to identify the importance and benefits of maintaining regular supervision.
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Supervision – individuals
The sessions can be from one hour to an hour and half or more as necessary.
Supervision can take place in person, over the telephone or via Skype.
For any pending worries, challenges or ethical issues that may come up for you, you can have phone or Skype support between sessions and we can agree this when we discuss your needs.
Supervision – group
Group supervision can take place in person or via Skype (if the latter, please note this is audio only for group work).
As a supervisor working with individuals and groups, I support transformational practice, ensuring quality is maintained and helping to tackle ethical dilemmas. I have a passion and commitment for providing a safe, non-judgemental yet challenging space in which to allow others to grow and learn.
In my therapeutic work I firmly believe that no one model or approach fits all, instead it is the relationship that provides an environment and space for learning, growth and change and the client and therapist co-create meaning. This follows through into my supervisory practice and can help reduce the conflict of bias where supervisor and supervisee have differing theoretical orientation.
My role as your supervisor is to respond to your learning needs and agenda; it is not to impose an agenda on you. We will have regular, protected time for you to reflect on all aspects of your practice. Our relationship will be one of consultative supervision – a relationship between professional equals. I will expect you to offer me accounts of your counselling and psychotherapy or coaching practice so that we can reflect upon it together. My role will be to challenge and support you as a fellow professional, offering evaluative feedback and guidance as appropriate.
My supervisory model has five key focus areas (Hawkins and Shohet 2013):
- Learning and unlearning – learning cycles and the stuck learning patterns of supervisees
- Reflecting – the different aspects of reflecting (from which the seven eyed model grew)
- Relating – working at relational depth, staying engaged without becoming reactive
- Collaborating – working together making good use of the subjectivity and intersubjectivity of the supervisor and supervisee and what is co-created
- Sustaining one’s own resilience – managing stress, avoiding burnout and mapping and building resources
I trained in two models of supervision for both coaching and therapy:
1. The “Seven-eyed Model” sometimes called the Process Model. This model was developed by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shohet in their book “Supervision in the Helping Professions” (1989, revised 2014)
2. CLEAR – A supervision model developed in the 1980s then used as a model of coaching (Hawkins and Smith 2006). Outlined in Supervision in the Helping Professions, Hawkins and Shohet (2010)
BACP endorsed Certificate in Counselling Supervision: Theory, Research, Skills and Practice., 2014-15.
Certificate in Supervision – individuals and groups, 2012
European Mentoring & Coaching Council accredited supervisor (ESIA,) 2019
Competences of a supervisor: Supervision Competence Framework (EMCC)
Requirements for supervision
Individual coaching supervision can take place fortnightly or once a month, depending on the amount of coaching you are doing. It is recommended that you receive at least 1.5 hours of supervision every month or a ratio of 1:35, whichever comes sooner.
Individual counselling supervision: For qualified counsellors the minimum recommendation for supervision is 1.5 hours per month, this is to be increased as necessary (can you take all your client hours to supervision within that time frame? If not then the 1.5 hours would need to be increased as the counsellor sees necessary).
Group supervision: If there are four supervisees or less in the group, each counsellor/coach can claim up to 50% of the time together. If there are five or more, the time needs to be divided by the number of supervisees in the group.
Please contact me for more information, with no obligation or pressure.
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