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3. September, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|No comments

It is a requirement for all counsellors to have supervision from a qualified supervisor either in a group or one-to one.

Supervision provides an opportunity to stand back and reflect on what is going on for you and your clients in the room and to examine how you are working both in practice and from a theoretical viewpoint.  It helps to get different perspectives on your practice and identify what might have been missed or overlooked.  It is a form of support and a way of checking both you and your clients are keeping safe, particularly when working with more challenging clients.  It also can be a forum for feedback and new ideas.  Ethical and legal issues can be discussed along with a counsellor’s own needs for therapy or training.

To get the most out of supervision, it can be a good idea to consider what you want to get out of the session.  For example, if your client is turning up late or not at all, you are aware of the transference and counter transference and its implications, you are feeling sleepy with a client….  Focusing on the important information about clients is important along with any special issues that are a cause for concern to you.  To maximise the session, try to be honest about your own feelings towards your clients as well as how you respond to your supervisor as the relationship between the two of you is just as important as that with your clients.

 

The views here are the author’s and are intended for general guidance only