What to expect from Supervision – Practice to a Safe Standard

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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


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 want to review some of the ways attending appropriate supervision will help you practice to a high standard.


Every profession has its ethical codes. The medical profession has the Hypocratic Oath (in a few words – do no harm).

The Counselling and Psychotherapy profession also has ethical codes. I follow the BACP’s Ethical Framework, but have also learned more about ethics from courses I’ve gone on and from experience itself.

These codes are set for a reason.

Unfortunately there are people out there that believe they can work as a counsellor or psychotherapist with some basic training and very little supervision.

This is dangerous and should be flagged up and dealt with by Membership Bodies and other organisations involved in regulation and protecting professionals as well as their clients.

Yes, the knowledge we gain through a PgDip or a B.A. course, or the other options out there, is great, but it is certainly not enough.

Good supervision needs to exist from our very first session, and should continue throughout our practice.

It is not just something for trainees (I think in the USA, once you are licenced you don’t need to have supervision regularly anymore, I’m not so sure this is a great idea but they must have things in place for this).

Supervision helps us keep practicing to a safe standard, as it’s a regular space to keep ourselves accountable about the work we do, how we do it, and whether we need a break or are in a good place to continue and work with even more clients with a varity of presentations.

As we’ve spoken about in other posts in this series, good supervision will allow you to develop these areas, which will in turn benefit your practice and your clients and supervisees:

And more…

So, consider your practice as it is now, are you getting these things from your supervision?

Are you practising to a safe-standard?

Being aware of how we work, why we work this way, and how to improve our skillset is all important for your practice and your clients.


 

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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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The Meaning of Supervision – Video

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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 * Keeping clients safe


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 are enjoying the Christmas break.

I thought I’d keep it light today – as it’s boxing day in the UK, and I imagine reading a blog post today might not be top on your list of priorities!

Here’s a short video on the meaning of supervision. Enjoy!



Here’s the direct link to the video in my YouTube channel.

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 – Keeping clients safe

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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


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 want to talk about how trusting our supervisor can provide a safe space to challenge our practice.


This post is related to the previous one in that keeping the practitioner safe in supervision ensures that the client is kept safe in their counselling sessions.

Through supervision, we are ensuring that the following points are covered and taken care of (addressed more in depth in other posts in this series):

  • The practitioner is working to a high standard, keeping within professional and ethical boundaries.
  • The practitioner is working to the clients’ best interests.
  • The practising self-care in a way that helps them regroup and refill their emotional bank so they can go back and have more sessions without burning out or feeling overwhelmed with client stuff.
  • The practitioner knows to access personal therapy either regularly or as and when needed.
  • The practitioner is taking down time to spend on their own or with their friends and family to get a balance between work and life.
  • The practitioner is keeping to the therapeutic frame by setting clear boundaries.
  • The practitioner is respecting the clients individuality and autonomy.

 

Do you have other ways in which you keep your clients safe? Leave a comment!


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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 – Focusing on the Supervisee

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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


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 want to talk about how a big part of your supervision time should focus on you – the supervisee.


As therapists, we tend to put our personal feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and other stuff, on the side during the therapy hour.

Our focus is on what the client brings to the session and how we can best help them through what they might be going through.

Being a therapist doesn’t mean we become superhuman or immune to hardship in our personal lives.

It also doesn’t mean that because of our extensive training and expertise, we can easily detach from client material – strong emotions, strong stories…

We need a space to go and process all these things that come up and stay with us for a while after the session is over.

I’m talking about picking up projective identifications, transference, counter transference, and just being human about how our clients’ life circumstances can and will affect us.


There are limited places where we can talk about ourselves in the context of private practice and its impact on us as human beings (personal therapy, supervision).

In supervision, therefore it’s our turn to put ourselves on the forefront and have some time focusing on ourselves and our practice.

It is our turn to be held and contained, to have space to vent, to self-care, to process what went on in our sessions, to reassess and regroup, to work through what’s our stuff and what’s our clients’ stuff, to raise our self-awareness, and more.

Through focusing on the supervisee, in a way we are also focusing on the client.

If the counsellor’s mind and wellbeing is in the right place and being prioritised, then it is more likely that the counsellor can look after their clients’ mental health and wellbeing the best way possible.

It also helps the counsellor to work to a high standard, in a professional and ethical way.

Are you feeling prioritised in supervision? Are you putting yourself first in supervision?


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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 – Challenge how you work

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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


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 want to talk about how trusting our supervisor can provide a safe space to challenge our practice.


One of the purposes of supervision is to help us grow as practitioners.

In order to grow, we need to be able to talk about anything and everything that comes up for us in our work with clients and supervisees.

The supervisor needs to be able to challenge the supervisee’s practice in a constructive, non-judgemental manner.

If this is achieved in the supervisory relationship, the supervisee should be able to discuss their fears, doubts and dilemmas without censorship.

This will allow the supervisee to open up and therefore make the most out of supervision, keeping his clients safe, keeping themselves safe and working to a professional and ethical standard.

Supervision can also challenge the supervisee when they feel out of their comfort zone. The supervisor should reassure the supervisee that they don’t have to know anything, and provide support when a new client issue or client presentation arises, and is baffling the supervisee a bit.

I find that sometimes just talking through a particular topic that happened in session with a client will help me gain distance and clarity, and get me back on track to help my client to the best of my ability in the next session.

We are all human even though we might have a better understanding of human behaviour. This doesn’t remove any blind spots we might have, and it’s important to work these out in personal therapy, but also in supervision, as both spaces will deal with the same thing in very different ways.

Exploring ethical dilemmas and testing out new therapeutic techniques are a few other ways a safe and trusting supervisory relationship can be used, to the advantage of both supervisee and their clients.

In what other ways do you use your supervision space? Leave your comments below!


watch video for this post - supervisionFollow 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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What to expect from Supervision – Working through tough times

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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


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 want to talk about how supervision can help us work through difficult times.

As therapists, we deal with very strong emotions when in session with our clients.
It’s important we have a safe space to talk about these things and manage the effects of sessions on us.

Sometimes we might just need clarification or understanding our reactions better and what is going on in the therapeutic relationship.

This is what the supervision space is mainly used for.

But it isn’t the only emotional stuff that can be worked through.

It is in supervision where we can also debrief about personal stuff that might be affecting us and possibly impacting on our work (Personal therapy is advisable for ongoing work on these arising issues).

Therapists are human too and allowing ourselves to own our emotions and reactions with the support of our supervisor will help us regroup and therefore help our clients better.


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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What to Expect From Supervision – Theoretical Grounding

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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


Click here to visit my main supervision page.

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 want to talk about the importance of having a supervisor with a sound theoretical grounding.

Supervisors should have a sound theoretical grounding when providing supervision services.

What this means might vary from professional to professional, but gaining knowledge is important by any means (courses, reading books, cpd…)


I completed my diploma in supervision in 2015, and it gave me lots of food for thought, but most importantly it gave me the theoretical knowledge, skills and grounding from which to work with my supervisees.

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I developed a model of working that I feel covers all the areas – practical such as contracting, psychological such as providing a safe space to work through clinical work, ethical and boundary issues, and more.

I don’t think I would be as confident in supervising practitioners if I didn’t have this base knowledge.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that it is possible to work without having gone through a supervision course, but I am a firm believer in having knowledge behind me to be able to offer the best service to my supervisees, which will in turn impact on the clients they see.


Learning theory is important in practice because it allows us to get a good perspective of the work we do and all the areas that we need to pay attention to in order to do our work well, within ethical boundaries, and to a high standard.


Here are a few things your supervisor should know when working with you:

  • awareness of all the areas involved in client work
    • relationship between the client and the therapist
    • relationship between supervisor and therapist
    • the parallel process between therapy and supervision sessions
    • the client’s life context 3
    • the supervisee’s work context
    • the responsibilities and roles of each party involved – client, therapist, supervisor
  • awareness of the stage of development of the supervisee, so the supervisor can provide appropriate support at that particular level and adjust as the supervisee moves from trainee to autonomous
  • have clear systems and boundaries around the supervisory relationship in itself, including
    • contracting and reviewing
    • dealing with issues as they arise
    • providing a safe space for the supervisee to be challenged and to reflect, within ethical and professional boundaries
  • provide support in these areas
    • practical and educational
    • emotional, psychological
    • ethical and professional

4Here are a few things that you will gain from supervision when your supervisor has a sound theoretical grounding:

  • space to review theoretical concepts learned and how to put them into practice
  • develop your own way of working within your chosen theoretical modality, with an opportunity to add skills from other modalities to your toolkit
  • to learn how to communicate better in regards to issues arising in the sessions with clients, but also in supervision sessions
  • it will also improve your professional skills,
  • and more…

All of these are important for your private practice.

Are you getting these from your current supervision arrangements? 


5Follow 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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