Clinical Supervision is seen by the IACP as vital to a therapist’s competency, accreditation and wellbeing. It is a formal arrangement whereby a therapist meets with a qualified supervisor to discuss their work. The supervisor is also a therapist, who has completed additional training in clinical supervision. Supervision is required by the most accredited counselling bodies. It helps to maintain good standards of counselling for the client and to support the therapist and enable them to continue to provide a high standard of care. It also assists the therapist in finding their own style and exploring various ways of working.
What Happens During Clinical Supervision?
During supervison, I help to develop the effectiveness of the therapist / client relationship. I also help to ensure the continuing professional development and personal welfare of the therapist. We discuss various aspects of the therapist’s work in an objective way. We address any issues or questions the therapist may have, as are any questions or feedback I may have. This helps to ensure that the therapist is meeting the needs of those they are working with, as well as their own needs.
The Impact of Therapy
Supervision ensures that the therapist is fully aware of themselves and the impact that their work has on them. Sometimes certain work can be traumatic for a therapist, or can become so because of issues arising in the therapist’s private life. It is important therefore for a therapist to be fully aware of the impact that their work has on them. This is for their own self-care and to ensure that they continue to provide a high standard of care for their clients.