Supervision and reflective practice are essential for developing and maintaining safe, effective, high quality interventions. Through the supervisory relationship professional and personal issues arising can be explored. Combining reflections and theoretical knowledge, supervision aims to challenge, promote and develop thinking, learning and skilled interventions at the individual, systemic and organisational level. Clinical supervision also has a key role in staff support, as it provides a containing space to acknowledge the impact of the caring role on ourselves as clinicians. It is a cornerstone in promoting wellbeing, reducing burnout and stress related sickness.
Supervision is a supportive safe place to SHAPE your clinical practice. SHAPE is a framework that enables psychological flexibility in the therapist through utilising experiential learning (Morris & Bilich-Eric, 2017). Through supervision Sally will work with you to SHAPE your practice by exploring 5 key areas:
Supervision Values – together we will identify your motivation for seeking supervision, this will help to increase your willingness to make space for difficult experiences and potential obstacles.
Holding Stories Lightly – you will be encouraged to reflect on actual experiences in situations to increase your sensitivity to what is going on in the moment. Through noticing and letting go of the fused stories your mind has about these clinical relationships, you will be encouraged to open up to more helpful ways of responding.
Analysis of function – Throughout supervision you will be invited to be curious about the function of the behaviour described by the client and experienced in the therapeutic encounter and in supervision. Through understanding ‘the why’ we can start to expand the repertoire of other more helpful behavioural responses.
Perspective Taking – exploring different view points will be promoted in supervision, as this can foster validation of the clients’ experience and can offer new insights to support your practice.
Experiential Methods – contact with learning in the present moment through direct experience will be encouraged using a variety of methods such as role play and modelling, to help you to connect with the clinical material in a more meaningful way, enabling you to identify and choose your next ‘towards’ moves.
Supervision is available for a variety of clinical disciplines as individuals, groups and teams. Sessions are offered face to face at Ahead Psychology, your own base or via a variety of video conferencing methods.
Morris, E. M. J., & Bilich-Eric, L. (2017). A Framework to Support Experiential Learning and Psychological Flexibility in Supervision: SHAPE. Australian Psychologist 52(2), 104-113.