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Creating A Supervision Model That Works For Your Practice – Live Event

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Last week I presented a talk with John Wilson from onlinevents.co.uk, which was all about supervision and how to create a model that works for you.

I spoke about the different theories that underpin my model – I use 5 main ones that  cover everything from contracting, to ethics, to the more personal and relational aspects of supervision.

It was great to see the response, and to have provided some food for thought and, for some of the attendees, some new theories to use within their supervision practice.

Being aware of the theories that can be helpful for supervision and for finding what we need to be getting is also important.

I’ll be talking about the individual aspects I believe should be involved in supervision at different points of the supervisory relationship.

I’ve written about these in my supervision series blog posts which are ready to read now, via the “In Supervision” category. There’s a link below.

What supervision theories underpin your practice?


Here’s a round-up post of all the models I base my supervision framework on.

Have a look at this file for more on what I spoke about in the live event


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If you missed the free live event, you can catch up here.

It’s an affordable membership and very good CPD throughout the year.

I highly recommend them!


In the last year, I’ve created lots of content that I hope will be informative and interesting, for your practice and the way you approach your supervisory relationship (as a therapist) or your work with supervisees (if you’re a supervisor too!).

I’ll leave links here to the different pages, which can all be found through my main website and main supervision page.


*** VIDEOS ON MY SUPERVISION MODEL AND SUPERVISION POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND ***

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Click here to watch videos of me  explaining my supervision model. 

Click here for videos on supervision points to keep in mind.

Online supervision Videos – how does it work?

You can also follow all of these on Youtube or on the link above.

Click here to read blog posts related to the videos!



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What to expect from Supervision – personal development

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As therapists, it is vital that we have a good support system in place for our professional and confidential work.

Personal therapy is one way in which we can get this support. Supervision is another, and it will be the focus of these posts.

In the next few months, I will talk a bit about 18 ways in which we should expect supervision to work for us.


I will discuss 18 things we should expect from our supervisory relationship in order to be accountable and working to a professional standard, for the sake of our practice, our profession, and most importantly, for the sake of our clients


Missed my previous posts?

Catch up here:

Containment and Holding Reflective Practice  * Autonomous Practice

Theoretical Grounding * Develop Self-Awareness * Working through tough times

Challenge how you work * Focusing on the Supervisee

Video: The Meaning of Supervision * Practice to a Safe Standard

Safe Space to Vent * Boundaries

Video: What’s effective supervisionSelf Care

A safe space to process *


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

Are you starting out in private practice?

Are you an experienced therapist looking for a new supervisory relationship?

To book supervision with me, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to set up an initial meeting.


As therapists, we know that we can (and sometimes might need to) access therapy for our personal development.

Supervision is seen as more of a professional development tool.

I hope that from past posts in this series, you can see the benefit of supervision on your personal development as well.

A brief summary, taking items from the previous posts, on how supervision can help with your personal development:

  • developing self-awarness helps us in the therapy room with clients, but it also allows us to work on our personal relationships. We can learn how to set boundaries and avoid resentments from and towards our loved ones, as well as learning how to meet our needs and not only everyone else’s. This is the self-care aspect of supervision.
  • As humans, we all need to feel contained and held at one point or the other. Practising allowing the supervisor to do this for us in our supervision sessions builds the ability to permit others to help us in our time of distress or need.
  • We might experience tough times in our lives that might require the support of more than one person – our therapist, our supervisor, our friends and family. All of this support will come in handy and help us get back on track and build our resilience to get back into the swing of things.
  • In supervision, the focus is mainly on you as a practitioner. Sometimes we might be introverted or not know how to ask for help or even be comfortable with the spotlight shining on us. The fact that supervision is a space where we talk about ourselves and ourselves with our clients is a great way to “normalise” the fact that we are also allowed in the spotlight at times.
  • We all have things we need to vent or get out of our systems. If we can’t do it in our supervision space, then we might need to reconsider our supervision arrangements!
  • Processing client material or situations in our work life is something to work on in Supervision. Sometimes the focus is on the clients, other times it’s on aspects of our work or life that need to be worked through in order to keep on top of things and be great practitioners.

Fancy watching a video intro to this post instead?

Feel free to share it with your colleagues, supervisees, supervisors and others.


The more we talk about what supervision should be about, what it should cover, and how it should support therapists in their private practice, the better equipped we all will be, and we will provide the a better service to our clients


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What to expect from Supervision – A safe space to process

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As therapists, it is vital that we have a good support system in place for our professional and confidential work.

Personal therapy is one way in which we can get this support. Supervision is another, and it will be the focus of these posts.

In the next few months, I will talk a bit about 18 ways in which we should expect supervision to work for us.


I will discuss 18 things we should expect from our supervisory relationship in order to be accountable and working to a professional standard, for the sake of our practice, our profession, and most importantly, for the sake of our clients


Missed my previous posts?

Catch up here:

Containment and Holding Reflective Practice  * Autonomous Practice

Theoretical Grounding * Develop Self-Awareness * Working through tough times

Challenge how you work * Focusing on the Supervisee

Video: The Meaning of Supervision * Practice to a Safe Standard

Safe Space to Vent * Boundaries

Video: What’s effective supervisionSelf Care


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

Are you starting out in private practice?

Are you an experienced therapist looking for a new supervisory relationship?

To book supervision with me, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to set up an initial meeting.


There is something that happens in the therapy room that is replayed in the supervision room.

It’s called parallel process.

Of course, it doesn’t happen in the exact same way, but the general idea is the same.

Therapists are human too, and as such, we sometimes get overwhelmed by others’ stories.

If we get overwhelmed, surely we need to get support to work through the stuff that is causing us distress.

This is why the supervision space is so important!

We need to feel safe in order to talk about very deep stuff that might have been brought up by one or two of our clients.

It is important to do this, so we can continue to work with our clients and provide them with the support they need, without colluding or feeling stuck or unable to help them.

Processing emotions as they arise is key to keeping on top of the situations in the sessions, and it helps regroup and regain the strength and perspective to work with a particualar client or clients.

I find that working through issues in supervision renews my strength and gives me a new perspective of why I might have felt a certain way after a particular client session.

Figuring out what’s my stuff is also helpful, and I can then work through that and separate it from my client and the work we are doing in their sessions.

Do you feel safe to talk about these things in your supervisory relationship?



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The more we talk about what supervision should be about, what it should cover, and how it should support therapists in their private practice, the better equipped we all will be, and we will provide the a better service to our clients


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What to expect from Supervision – Self-Care

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As therapists, it is vital that we have a good support system in place for our professional and confidential work.

Personal therapy is one way in which we can get this support. Supervision is another, and it will be the focus of these posts.

In the next few months, I will talk a bit about 18 ways in which we should expect supervision to work for us.


I will discuss 18 things we should expect from our supervisory relationship in order to be accountable and working to a professional standard, for the sake of our practice, our profession, and most importantly, for the sake of our clients


Missed my previous posts?

Catch up here:

Containment and Holding Reflective Practice 

Autonomous Practice * Theoretical Grounding

 Develop Self-Awareness * Working through tough times

Challenge how you work *Focusing on the Supervisee

 * Video: The Meaning of Supervision * Practice to a Safe Standard

Safe Space to Vent * Boundaries *

Video: What’s effective supervision?


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

Are you starting out in private practice?

Are you an experienced therapist looking for a new supervisory relationship?

To book supervision with me, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to set up an initial meeting.


In this post, I’d like to talk about how supervision can be a space for self-care.

If you would rather watch a video about this topic, please scroll down to watch.


I usually address the self-care topic from a personal perspective, as you can find in my book 20 Self-Care Habits.

Therapists are also human.

We need to remember that when we go to our own therapy or when sitting opposite our clients as their therapists.

In that respect, we need to acknowledge our humanity and therefore what we need in order to be able to best support our clients through their own process.

To aide in this, I believe supervision should be a space for reflection.

To reflect on who we are as practitioners.

Who we are in our relationships with each client.

To reflect on the work we do, how we do it. Is it good enough?

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Is there anything new we need to learn to help a particular client?

Are we up to date on our professional development?

What do we need from our supervisor and from ourselves?

From this, we can expect to develop our self-awareness and understand ourselves, who we are and how we practice better.

This will improve our practice and our relationships with our clients and with ourselves.

Being reflective in supervision, being self-aware and self-understanding will allow us to understand the need for keeping boundaries in order to keep the therapeutic relationship and ourselves as therapists safe.

When we reflect on how we use our time, we will find the ability to just stop and be.

If we are telling our clients to do that, it will be a great modelling tool if we have already learned to do this ourselves.

Supervision should allow you to just be, to reflect and to develop yourself as a practitioner through self-awareness and understanding.


Feel free to share it with your colleagues, supervisees, supervisors and others.


The more we talk about what supervision should be about, what it should cover, and how it should support therapists in their private practice, the better equipped we all will be, and we will provide the a better service to our clients



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What to expect from Supervision – What’s effective supervision

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As therapists, it is vital that we have a good support system in place for our professional and confidential work.

Personal therapy is one way in which we can get this support. Supervision is another, and it will be the focus of these posts.

In the next few months, I will talk a bit about 18 ways in which we should expect supervision to work for us.


I will discuss 18 things we should expect from our supervisory relationship in order to be accountable and working to a professional standard, for the sake of our practice, our profession, and most importantly, for the sake of our clients


Missed my previous posts?

Catch up here:

Containment and Holding Reflective Practice  * Autonomous Practice

Theoretical Grounding * Develop Self-Awareness * Working through tough times

Challenge how you work *Focusing on the Supervisee * Video: The Meaning of Supervision * Practice to a Safe Standard * Safe Space to Vent * Boundaries


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

Are you starting out in private practice?

Are you an experienced therapist looking for a new supervisory relationship?

To book supervision with me, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to set up an initial meeting.


I hope you enjoy this short video that encapsulates some of what I believe is effective supervision.

For more, you can catch up on my past posts by clicking each of the links above.


 


Feel free to share it with your colleagues, supervisees, supervisors and others.


The more we talk about what supervision should be about, what it should cover, and how it should support therapists in their private practice, the better equipped we all will be, and we will provide the a better service to our clients


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What to expect from Supervision – Boundaries

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As therapists, it is vital that we have a good support system in place for our professional and confidential work.

Personal therapy is one way in which we can get this support. Supervision is another, and it will be the focus of these posts.

In the next few months, I will talk a bit about 18 ways in which we should expect supervision to work for us.


I will discuss 18 things we should expect from our supervisory relationship in order to be accountable and working to a professional standard, for the sake of our practice, our profession, and most importantly, for the sake of our clients


Missed my previous posts?

Catch up here:

Containment and Holding Reflective Practice  * Autonomous Practice

Theoretical Grounding * Develop Self-Awareness * Working through tough times

Challenge how you work *Focusing on the Supervisee * Video: The Meaning of Supervision * Practice to a Safe Standard * Safe Space to Vent


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

Are you starting out in private practice?

Are you an experienced therapist looking for a new supervisory relationship?

To book supervision with me, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to set up an initial meeting.


Boundaries are a topic dear to my heart.

It’s important in our daily lives, but it takes a different scope when we talk about it in professional terms.


Boundaries in the therapeutic and supervisory realms are key to keeping both relationships safe and doing what they need to do, which is effecting positive and long-lasting change in our clients’ lives.

By supervisors challenging their supervisee’s boundary keeping and setting in the sessions, they are keeping the standards high, as well as teaching the supervisee to stick to the boundaries they know are important but might want to relax due to different dynamics in their relationships with clients.

Don’t get me wrong, we are all human.

Therapists and supervisors are human too.

Our training and personal therapy requirements (ongoing therapy after training feels important, whether you dip in and out or go regularly) raise our self-awareness, but there might always be blind spots that our supervisor might spot easier, looking from the outside.

Keeping to an ethical framework also helps us to keep to boundaries that keep the therapeutic relationship a safe space to work through life’s issues.

Some boundaries might relate to:

  • keeping to the 50-60 minutes and ending sessions on time.
  • keeping communication outside of sessions limited to discussing session times or rescheduling.
  • how much the therapist self-discloses in the counselling sessions.
  • what to do if you are in the same public spaces or find your profiles on social media.
  • how to deal with endings.
  • payment boundaries – before the session, on the day of the session.

What other boundaries do you feel are important in supervision and in the therapeutic space?


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The more we talk about what supervision should be about, what it should cover, and how it should support therapists in their private practice, the better equipped we all will be, and we will provide the a better service to our clients


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What to expect from Supervision – Safe Space to Vent

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As therapists, it is vital that we have a good support system in place for our professional and confidential work.

Personal therapy is one way in which we can get this support. Supervision is another, and it will be the focus of these posts.

In the next few months, I will talk a bit about 18 ways in which we should expect supervision to work for us.


I will discuss 18 things we should expect from our supervisory relationship in order to be accountable and working to a professional standard, for the sake of our practice, our profession, and most importantly, for the sake of our clients


Missed my previous posts?

Catch up here:

Containment and Holding Reflective Practice  * Autonomous Practice

Theoretical Grounding * Develop Self-Awareness * Working through tough times

Challenge how you work *Focusing on the Supervisee * Video: The Meaning of Supervision * Practice to a Safe Standard


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

Are you starting out in private practice?

Are you an experienced therapist looking for a new supervisory relationship?

To book supervision with me, do get in touch and I’ll be happy to set up an initial meeting.


Having a safe space to vent is important in more ways than one.

As therapists, we’ve gone through the process of going to regular therapy as part of our course requirements.

If your course didn’t have this as a requirement, and you’re going to practice without having had personal therapy, I urge you to attend.

It is in your personal process that you have the emotional growth and experience of what your clients might feel sitting in the client’s chair.

It is in therapy that we learn about ourselves, our blind spots, and where we start to separate what’s ours from what are actually other people’s beliefs, emotions, thoughts, reactions.

This, in turn helps us when working with our clients, as we will have worked on ourselves and can both be an example and a grounded and safe person to talk to about very difficult things.

Our therapy is our space to vent.

But it’s not the only space to vent we can use in our profession, where we can’t really talk about what goes on in sessions for ethical, moral and confidentiality reasons.

The supervisory relationship is another opportunity to work through our difficult emotions with clients, and even discuss how our current life situations are affecting us and our work.

It is important to be open and honest with ourselves and our supervisor.

This will bring a new dimension of awareness and growth in our practice that will not only benefit us, but it will cross over to how we work with clients, and in turn impact on them too.

I am a firm believer that things communicate even if we never say a word about them (unconscious to unconscious communication in psychodynamic terms).

Our clients will sense whether we have unfinished business to deal with within ourselves, and how we are dealing with it.

Setting an example for our clients might be our first aim in using therapy and supervision as a safe space to vent, but in the long run it will benefit us as practitioners and as human beings.


 

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Follow this link for a video describing this process.

Feel free to share it with your colleagues, supervisees, supervisors and others.


The more we talk about what supervision should be about, what it should cover, and how it should support therapists in their private practice, the better equipped we all will be, and we will provide the a better service to our clients


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