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What is supervision?

My primary roles as a supervisor are to facilitate your reflection on your work and also to facilitate your learning from your experiences. Learning in supervision is experiential learning. In the words of Michael Carroll "learning in supervision is transformational, not just transmissional". It should not be looked at as being in any way remedial, but rather an opportunity for informed and reflective dialogue leading to learning, understanding and more effective performance on returning to the work situation.

The Experiential Learning Cycle

Benefits for your clients

Supervision benefits the client by strengthening and sustaining the practitioner's ability to reflect, understand and provide therapy and/or coaching, and by offering a valuable "second opinion".

It also provides quality assurance through the close monitoring of professional practice standards.

Benefits for you

By their very nature, therapy and coaching make considerable demands upon practitioners who may become over-involved, ignore some important point or have undermining doubts about their own abilities.  It is difficult, if not sometimes impossible, to be objective about one's own work and the opportunity to discuss the work in confidence with a suitable person is invaluable. Good therapy and good coaching also require the practitioner to relate practice to theory and theory to practice. Supervision can help them to evolve practice and in this sense is one aspect of continued training.

It's all about you!

My aim is to tailor the supervision sessions to your needs. It is important that you, the supervisee, prepare for your supervision before each session by thinking about the issues that have caused you challenges (or successes!) in your work and being ready to bring them to the reflective medium that is supervision. Effective supervision is not about correction, it's about reflection, which leads to deeper understanding, greater confidence and improved performance.