What is supervision?

In the quest for clinical excellence, psychotherapists are constantly integrating new and diverse concepts within their preferred theoretical framework; clients are continually challenging our theoretical formulations and treatment methods. The goal of supervision is to explore and share the integrating of psychotherapy theory and therapeutic experience in our quest for clinical excellence. It is important to look at the meaning of supervision as it applies in your field of work, in psychotherapy, counselling or in the areas of social work, nursing, clinical psychology or psychiatry or indeed any of the caring professions.

Why have Supervision?

If you are working towards clinical certification it will be a requirement for you to have supervision and the number of hours will relate to the number of hours you are seeing clients for.

Supervision and Training for Supervisors

Supervision is an essential part of practice, development and inspiration. It allows supervisees to gain an external perspective on their work and facilitates enrichment, protection and guidance. All supervision is confidential.

Individual: For case discussion, theory demonstration/discussion, diagnosis, treatment planning and contracting. I offer 1-2 hours per month depending on case load.

Group: Small or Large Group supervision can be extremely valuable especially for CTA trainees. For example in a group of 3 for 3 hours they can count all 3 hours for their examination as long as they bring work to present.

Transactional Analysis exam preparation: For Certified Transactional Analyst or Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst preparation.

Training of Supervisors: We offer to train supervisors with tailor made courses to suit your discipline.

One of the models I use is the European Association of Transactional Analysis’ marking structure for their Teaching and Supervising Examinations. They mark using the following:

Philosophy and structure Is the supervisor considering their personal philosophies and values which underpin their work.

Contract fulfilled: What is key to being a transactional analyst is constantly making and checking contracts which ensure that the contract is being fulfilled.

Key Issue addressed: Is the supervisor addressing the key issue that is being presented and how does this link in with the work of the client and the dynamic between supervisor and supervisee.

Reduction of harm : It is essential that the supervisor addresses any issues which may indicate harm and invite the supervisee to consider options and take action if necessary.

Developmental direction of supervisee addressed: The supervisor has a job to do in terms of developing the skills of the supervisee and so will attend to any learning edges that they see.

Supervisor models the process : The supervisor will watch for the parallel process between the therapist and the client and also the supervisee and the supervisor. They can then introduce it into the work for analysis to help the process.

Equal relationship Does the supervisor facilitate an equal relationship in the dynamic of the supervision.

Ethical issues addressed. I work using UKCP, UKATA and ITAA ethical codes and would adhere to these to consider any ethical issues that may arise.

  • I offer supervision over Skype for example for eastern European countries who do not have access to qualified supervisors. Please ask for a price.