As a supervisor, what concerns you in your practice?

With Jane Johnson and Frances McDonnell

This is a workshop intended for practising supervisors to explore their practice and dilemmas.

In putting this together Jane and I became quite animated and excited at the potential and learning that could come from spending a day focussing on supervision, in particular Person-Centred supervision. Having been supervisors for many years it seems that the profession has changed, bringing with it new challenges for those working in this role.

  • What is the difference between counselling and supervision?

  • How do we manage the commitment to clients (BACP requirement)?

  • Has the increasing professionalism of counselling devalued the quality of human contact making it academic and perfunctory and what might be the implications for the supervisory relationship?

  • How do we manage the potentially conflicting roles of maintainer of professional standards while respecting practitioner autonomy? For example how do we balance the responsibilities inherent in the role of supervisor with a close supportive relationship with supervisees?

  • Managing/supporting safeguarding issues

  • What if there is a line management relationship too?

  • How do we manage supervisees who are unreceptive to supervision and/or are not willing/able to develop their skills/personal awareness?

  • Hawkins and Shohet (2000) define supervision as being ”an intensive interpersonally focused one to one relationship in which on person is designated to facilitate the development the therapeutic competence of the other”. What factors might be involved in developing therapeutic competence?

Date: November 10th 10-4.30

Cost: £60 (full wage) £50(part wage)

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About Jane: Jane has been counselling for 19 years and, for the last 15 years, has been training counsellors from introductory to Masters level. Much of her teaching experience has been at Keele University on BACP accredited programmes. Alongside the training, she has worked as a counsellor and counselling supervisor in various settings including private practice, primary care and the voluntary sector; working with individuals, couples and groups. Understanding the theory that underpins what counsellors do and why they do it, is essential to Jane. Without that understanding, we cannot explain the process of counselling to clients, colleagues or even to ourselves. Nor can we examine how effectively we are working and how we might improve on that. For her, at the heart of person centred practice is the quality of the therapeutic relationship. She sees a vital aspect of being a practitioner is the ongoing exploration of what might be getting in the way of connecting at a deep level, with self and others.