The purpose of clinical supervision, as compared to line management supervision, is for the supervisor to help the supervisees become more effective in helping others.

 

The role of a Clinical Supervisor is to provide support and advice on issues that arise during the therapist’s clinical work. These may be matters of therapeutic techniques, therapeutic relationships, difficult problems, ethical decisions, or issues that impact personally upon the therapist caused by the therapeutic process.

 

What Is Supervision?

Supervision has two main functions; it should be educative and supportive.

 

Education –  

  • To provide a regular space for the supervisee to reflect upon the content and process of the work.
  • To develop understanding and skills within the work.
  • To help relate theory to practice.
  • To enable the supervisees to apply their approach appropriately to their work at different stages of therapy.
  • To have an opportunity to think and develop ideas.

 

Support 

  • To be validated both as a person and a therapist.
  • To plan and utilise the personal and professional resources of the supervisee
  • To give constructive positive and critical feedback.
  • To offer a space to reflect and clarify what is evoked by the work and explore our reactions to this experience.
  • Ensure that the work is done in such a way that the supervisor can be accountable for the monitoring and quality of the work being done within the client work.
  • It is important to form a clear contract for every supervisory relationship, stating the length of the contract, responsibilities, and fees.