Professional Supervision

Supporting Individuals and Organisations to Create Positive Relationships, Competent and Confident Team Members

Individual Supervision

Supervision is provided within a collaborative, confidential and supportive relationship. It offers the employee (supervisee) the opportunity to place full attention on themselves, to reflect on and to gain insight into their work practice.

Supervision is based on the premise that each of us is creative, resourceful and know the answers. Supervision facilitates making what might be unconscious or unknown, known; letting you find your own answers.

It gives the opportunity to –

  • Reflect on the roles and tasks undertaken – share any appropriate work issues in confidence; debriefing as required and gain additional skills in dealing with issues.
  • Reflect on the content and process of the work – become aware of reactions, dynamics in interactions and groups
  • Explore strategies for self- care and development
  • Gain constructive and objective feedback
  • Plan and utilise personal, professional and organisational resources effectively
  • Understand and explore any dynamics between oneself, colleagues, the organisation and clients/groups they may be working with.
  • Celebrate and affirm successes!

While supervision offers the opportunity to learn it also provides the supervisee the opportunity to create professional goals and plans, strategies for effective practice and to reflect on patterns of relating while maintaining focus on developing the outcomes which are important to them and to enhance work practice.

Supervision is –

  • Restorative – reduces the potential for burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatisation. It is an opportunity to reflect on personal and professional boundaries, work-life balance and ways to foster a work-place that is safe.
  • Preventative – provides a safety net to identify and respond to issues of concern early.
  • Knowledge – reflection may identify areas where more information or education may be useful, whether this relates to shared wisdom from colleagues, accessing resources or engaging with further education.
  • Regulatory – in some professions such as in the health sector and teaching which are regulated and where employees carry considerable responsibility both legally and ethically there is considerable pressure on staff. Supervision has the potential to allow an employee to feel supported.

Does Supervision work? 

There is increasing research regarding the efficacy of supervision. These findings include that supervision increases a feeling of being supported, supports well-being, enables reflection on knowledge and practice, boosts morale and resilience and decreases absenteeism.

Group Supervision 

Group supervision offers –

  • The ability to learn with and from other team members, strengthening the team but does not replace individual supervision
  • The opportunity to discuss work place experiences
  • Supports emotional wellbeing
  • Is a forum for improving relating skills
  • Collective goals are formed
  • Supports an understanding of what is shared and what is different for individuals

How frequently would I come to supervision –

This will depend on your work practice; generally monthly and sometimes fortnightly.

Referral Process –

Referral can be made by an individual or by an employer –

jan.williams@xtra.co.nz

09 416 0670 or 027 281 5606

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