Supervision – what is it?

Clinical supervision is about reflective practice, development of ethical competence and confidence, feedback and challenge.

Clinical supervision ensures that the client work of the supervisee is theoretically grounded.

Ensuring professionalism in service delivery, supervision encompasses accountability, support, reflection and education.

The relationship requires an alliance between supervisor and supervisee, with clear guidelines and processes established, usually through a formal contract. Consideration is given to four levels operating within the supervision process: supervisor, supervisee, the client and the work context.

The Supervision Process

It is essential for human service personnel to engage in a critical reflective practice, and regular, individual supervision provides space for this to occur. The relationship between supervisor and supervisee is critical to the usefulness of the process, and Heather encourages people to commit to one session with her and to use this experience to determine whether an ongoing engagement will work for you.

In this first session, time will be given to discuss supervisee and supervisor expectations, learning styles and other issues that may impact the relationship. Once a regular supervision arrangement has been made, a contract will be developed between supervisee and supervisor to guide the process. This will include arrangements for regular reviews of the supervision process.

Group Supervision

Group supervision is sometimes a preferred option in the workplace. Heather Thompson offers group supervision as a regular arrangement, or for a period of time due to a specific issue. Eg. a traumatic event or significant changes in a team or agency.

Supervision services provided for:

  • Individuals
  • Groups

Clinical Supervision Provided For:

  • Social workers
  • Welfare workers
  • AOD support workers
  • Human Service Managers
  • Counsellors
  • Ministry personnel
  • Students: social work / AOD / pastoral care / counselling /ministry

Where To From Here:

Contact Heather to discuss the supervision process and to gain more information, or to arrange an introductory supervision session.

Areas considered within the supervision context.

  • Adult learning principles
  • Supervisee learning style
  • Self-care
  • Constructive feedback and challenge
  • Knowledge, theories, models, professional guidelines
  • Practice wisdom
  • Learning from failures
  • Transference and counter transference
  • Parallel process
  • Ethics and values
  • Confidentiality
  • Legal issues
  • Duty of care
  • Recordkeeping

Contact Heather to discuss options.