Top tips for fostering successful clinical supervision How to work towards giving and receiving gold standard supervision This blog post was inspired by a MasterClass training session when one of the participants asked at the end of the day ‘ If you had to pick your top 5 tips to make supervision work, what would they be’ ? At the end of the day and the last session for the year I had to do some quick reflection… I have expanded my list to include 10 tips because I think if you follow these gold standard rules you set up solid supervision practices and create an environment for ongoing monitoring and review. Supervision when done well is both supportive and educative and can transform practitioner’s theoretical knowledge into meaningful practice and develop confidence in working with a range of presentations across the lifespan. Often supervisors assume that supervisees come with a preconceived understanding of what supervision is and how it should be done. That is far from the t
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Developing a systemic supervision lens The seven eyed model, developed by Hawkins & Shohet (1985) integrates relational and systemic aspects of supervision inviting a focus on the relationships between client, therapist and supervisor. The model is called “ Seven Eyed ” because there are 7 distinct foci to be examined when reflecting on the therapeutic/workplace process. The Systemic Supervision Lens (SSL) developed by Clinical Supervision Services, has been informed by the 7 eyed model. I begin here by giving an overview of the 7 eyed model and then provide an easy way to consider these eyes using the SSL approach within supervision. Here is a quick descriptive guide to the different eyes: semanticsscholar.org 1. Client focus – Attune to the client. What is their experience of the therapeutic process? 2. Strategies – What strategies/intervention is being used by the supervisee (clinician) – why has s/he chosen that particular way of working with this client?
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The Supervision Frame – how using this house in contract setting can help frame the supervisory process… I’m often asked when working with Supervisors (Supervision of Supervision) …. ‘ How did I find myself in this pickle… my supervisee doesn’t come prepared…. Wasn’t I clear enough about expectations, roles and responsibilities? Whether you offer individual or group supervision or are part of a peer supervisory relationship, it is important to ensure all involved have a clear understanding of roles responsibilities and the tasks of supervision. The ‘ Supervision Frame’ provides a visual representation to guide discussion in the early stages of negotiating a supervision contract ensuring clarity of expectations and the process of supervision. Supervision needs to be collaborative and pitched to the developmental level of the supervisee. Good clinical supervision provides a space for regular reflection on practice enhancing the delivery of clinical care and patient safety.