Supervision is an essential part of the learning and development of practitioners. It provides a
bespoke training space where the supervisee is facilitated to explore and reflect on experience,
make meaning from that, put theory to practice, expand their ‘need to know’.
My way of being a supervisor/doing supervision is to approach it as a collaborative, unfolding
process that makes use of the experience of the encounter with another and what is evoked and co-created. It accounts within that the journey from beginner to experienced practitioner as an ongoing process of growth, self-discovery and learning from experiences of self with other, and self with self – which is happening for both supervisor and supervisee.
This approach is held in a clear supervisory frame and contract, and my way of thinking about it is captured here:
- The sharing of responsibility between practitioners and supervisor for monitoring the
practitioner’s competent and ethical practice
- The sharing of responsibility for the professional development of practitioners
- Reminding practitioners to hold self-care in importance, and to support the continuing
renewal of energy and faith in their work
(Sills, C. 2006)
Another way I think about supervision is that it is like a Russian doll. The client is at the centre, held by the therapist, held by the supervisor, held by more supervision, therapy, peer groups, CPD and training, professional bodies and the counselling and psychotherapy community. These layers hold the process lightly and firmly, providing supervisees with the space to experience, develop and grow into themselves as practitioners. Thinking is stimulated, as is the capacity for questioning, reflection, reflexivity and creativity all of which creates and develops layers of the professional self and clear sense identity as therapist.
I am passionate about supervision and delighted to be co-facilitating the Diploma in supervision for Physis. Click here for more details.