In Supervision: A model

In Supervision

Welcome to this week’s In Supervision post.

When I was studying my Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision, I really enjoyed the module where we were asked to create a model of supervision that worked for us. We were reviewing a variety of theories, all which focused on different aspects of the supervisory process.

I then created a model in which I integrated many of the theoretical models of supervision that made sense to me as a supervisor and supervisee. I still believe in this model and use it in supervision at present.

This is what I want to discuss in the next few weeks.

I will be “disecting” each part of the model and theories it’s based on, in an attempt of creating an image of what supervision looks like when going through each of the areas covered.

These areas include the following:

  • Client-Therapist and Supervisor-Therapist Matrix and what happens in each relationship (Hawkins and Shohet, 2006)

  • Trainee stages of development and how the supervisor can support the trainee at each stage (Stoltenberg and Delworth

  • Functions of supervision (Inskipp and Proctor)

  • Practical aspects of supervision – the supervisory relationship at each stage of relationship, contracting, creating a safe space for the supervisee, reviewing progress and issues in the supervisory relationship (Page and Wosket, 1994)

  • Ethical and other responsibilities of the Supervisor – issues that impact on the emotional state and development of the supervisee; looking after the client by looking after the supervisee (Scaife, 2001)

  • Developmental stages of both supervisee and supervisor (Watkins, 1993)


Have a look at the diagram below and let me know if you have any questions or comments before the next post.

diagram for counselling website

I am a quailfied Clinical Supervisor, and offer this service for other qualified counsellors. If you are interested in supervising with me either online or in person (if in the Brighton and Hove area), do send me a message to arrange an initial meeting.

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In Supervision

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