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.