Clinical Supervision is a requirement of most of the professional counselling organisations in Australia. I am a PACFA (Psychologists and Counsellors Federation of Australia) Accredited Supervisor and have been providing Clinical Supervision to counsellors for over 4 years.
I provide supervision services for qualified and trained counsellors or those working in caring professions.
At its simplest, I see Supervision is a forum where supervisees review and reflect on their work in order to do it better. Supervisees bring their actual work-practice to a Supervisor and with their help review what happened in their practice in order to learn from that experience. As Carroll (2007) puts it: Supervision is reflection-on-action, or indeed, reflection-in-action to result in reflection-for-action. In the present we consider the past to influence the future. Ultimately, supervision is for better quality service.
I believe that supervision is a mutual working alliance where the clinician can safely reflect on their work, learn, be accountable and empowered, it flags blind spots and considers higher levels of ethical thinking. The supervision relationship supports the development of reflective clinicians who think about their work, as they work and build on that reflection to do even better work. I hold supervision to be an essential element in professional development and maintainance of a high quality counselling/psychotherapy practice.
The supervision I have received over the years has helped me keep in touch with my own humility, my capacity for growth both professionally and personally and it has supported my trust in myself and my client’s capabilities. It has also given me a sense of safety and support whenever I have needed it. Training with Peter Gibbon (Professional Supervision), Michael Carroll (Effective Supervision, On Being a supervisee, Reflective Practice in Supervision) has helped me shape my own reflective supervision practice.