in February the topic for the workshops and webinars will be Process Skills. This will include aspects such as supervision as well as how we reflect on our own practice.
Below are some questions that I will be inviting participants to consider – so why not come along if you do not yet have final answers to each of the questions.
Reviewing your Supervision Needs
Use the following prompts to consider what supervision arrangements you need, or to review the arrangements you have in place already.
How important are the normative aspects:
1. Are you able to monitor yourself for competent professional practice (perhaps because you are already a recognised expert in your area of application)?
2. What ethical issues might arise in your work – and can you handle these without any involvement of your peers?
3. Are you a member of any professional body that requires you to have regular supervision?
4. What are the expectations of your clients regarding professional oversight of your work?
5. Are there any rules or regulations within your professional context about who would be acceptable as a supervisor?
6. Are you a relative beginner who needs a supervisor who can role model and/or provide direct advice and guidance?
How significant are the formative aspects:
7. Have you finished learning around your area of practice? (this is not meant as a trick question – you may genuinely be ‘the’ expert in your area and therefore unlikely to learn more content from another)
8. Even though your skills and knowledge may be as advanced as required, how will you benefit from development of your self-awareness and personal attributes?
9. Are you a relative beginner who needs a supervisor who can ‘teach’ you the skills and explain the theories?
10. Who do you know (or know of that you could approach) that you believe would stimulate you to personal and professional growth?
11. What are the expectations of your clients regarding your commitment to your own development (whilst you help them to develop themselves)?
How extensive are the supportive aspects:
12. How likely are client personal issues to arise in your type of professional practice?
13. How likely are your own personal issues to intrude into your practice?
14. How much will you need to be able to discuss ‘difficult’ clients within a safe environment?
15. Might you need separate arrangements, such as your own counsellor or therapist, for handling any significant personal issues that affect your professional competence?
16. are you an experienced practitioner – do you need a supervisor who will be able to confront you if necessary (such as if you apply existing skills inappropriately in a new context)
17. Are you a relative beginner who needs a supervisor who can help you avoid the ‘traps’ generated by your own and a client’s personal issues?