Supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist to review their work with clients, their professional development, and often their personal growth as well. Supervision may be classed as clinical, reflective or both. Supervision is a professional service, rather than a managerial role, and for counsellors who work in institutions, supervision and management will normally be entirely separate. The supervisor acts not as a ‘boss’, but as a mentor with the supervisee’s best interest at heart.
Clinical supervision is mandatory and essential for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy - providing therapists with an opportunity to reflect and discuss their work. My aim is to provide a safe supportive space in which the supervisee can reflect on all aspects of therapeutic practice and professional development and how they feel.
The content of supervision may include:
- Reflection on aspects of client work
- Promoting the welfare of the supervisee's clients
- Reflection on strategies and interventions
- To support and promote the supervisee's professional development
For supervision information follow this link to the BACP website: www.bacp.co.uk