What is Counselling Supervision?
Working under supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist trained in supervision to review their work with clients, their professional development, and often their personal development as well.
Some counsellors also use group supervision, in which several therapists confer on each other’s work, although ordinarily this is used in addition to individual supervision, rather than as a replacement.
Who Needs Supervision?
All counsellors and psychotherapists, regardless of experience need supervision. Not only do professional bodies in the UK such as the National Counselling society, UKCP and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy require supervision, but it is also seen by many as an ethical imperative. A client who encounters a therapist working without supervision should probably consider carefully whether they wish to work with that therapist.
Why is Counselling Supervision Needed?
Supervision exists for two reasons:
to protect clients, and
to improve the ability of counsellors to provide value to their clients.
Supervision protects clients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a counsellor and client, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the counsellor concerned to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviour and general approach with the client.
The opportunity to reflect on how they relate to the client, as well as to gain insights from the perspective of another therapist, also help the counsellor to improve the value they are providing to their clients. In this respect, supervision may be paralleled to the peer review process adopted by scientific institutions.
Integrative or person centred supervision is available to qualified counsellors and trainee counsellors. Where the supervisee is in training full support is offered in meeting the training providers requirements I.E reports and conformation of attendance is provide as part of the contracted service.
Supervision is available to both individuals and organisations.
Increasingly in order to become registered at a professional level a practitioner requires regular ongoing supervision. This is a relitivelly new discipline and one that is welcomed as a move forward for all professional hypnotherapists. Ascend have been at the forefront of developing a model of supervision for the hypnotherapy professiong and offer both individual supervision as well as supervisor training.