What is Clinical supervision, and why do I need it?
For many of you reading this, you may be experienced therapists and know exactly what supervision is and why we need it.
However, there are various styles of Clinical Supervision; therefore, it's essential that you find the right supervisor for you and for me to be completely transparent in how I see supervision and what I would require of you. Also, counsellors who are currently in training won't necessarily understand its benefits (I know when I was training, I initially saw it as just another expense).
I can not emphasise enough the importance of supervision, not only for your clients but for you! Supervision provides counsellors with the support and guidance that is needed and required to work ethically and professionally.
Let's look at what clinical supervision is and what it is not.
In order to practice ethically and professionally, it is essential that all counsellors/therapists have at least 1.5hrs of clinical supervision per month.
This is slightly different if you are in training. For example, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy require 1.5hrs of clinical supervision per month with a ratio of 1 hrs supervision for every 8 hours of face to face counselling. Supervision should also take place every two weeks.
Supervision is more than case management; it is an opportunity to ensure that you are supported while supporting your clients.
This can manifest itself in ways of gaining knowledge and understanding of models and strategies from your supervisor but also about how your work is impacting you and your life and how your life is impacting your work.
As a clinical supervisor, of many years, I encourage all of my supervisee's to be open and honest about their lives and working experiences, as without this openness, it's almost impossible to support you in the way that is needed.
Counselling is a very demanding role, albeit hugely rewarding, and your psychological well-being and that of your clients are my priority.
What supervision is not.
Supervision is not therapy!
I think it's fair to say that there is a small cross over of therapy to supervision, however, the primary focus is to help you to help your clients. If I feel that a course of therapy is helpful whilst working with you, I will always discuss this with you.
So there it is, in a nutshell (and it really is a nutshell as it is a huge subject) that is supervision.
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