What is clinical supervision?
Since the beginning of the practice of psychotherapy almost a century ago, supervision has been recognised as a core method of optimal learning in the field.
Supervision helps future therapists grow, and enhance their professional and ethical skills and competencies, and fosters personal growth. It is a safe space where therapists can explore the transference – countertransference dynamic, personal triggers, debrief, role-play or discuss treatment plans and strategies.
Regular supervision sessions promote both the therapist's and their clients' welfare. It encourages the therapist's self awareness and provides a valuable feedback loop to promote the best possible treatment and care for your clients. Supervision is an essential tool to mitigate burnout and secondary trauma that commonly occurs in this field.
Who can benefit from
Therapists of all specialities, levels of experience and background can benefit from supervision. The psychotherapy profession can be highly stressful, and therapists' emotions, values, beliefs, biases, ethical standards are continuously challenged. Supervision sessions can help psychotherapists examine their practice objectively and improve therapeutic alliance with their clients.
What does supervision look like?
Sessions can be conducted face to face in our office or online through zoom.
Supervision begins with exploring your learning needs and goal setting phase. Depending on your objectives, your supervisor may encourage you to present a case and explore your feelings and biases around it, discuss administrative issues or explore your well-being as a psychotherapist.
It is also common for your supervisor to challenge your ideas, thoughts, and feelings around cases therapeutically and professionally. In between each session, please be prepared that your supervisor may assign reading or homework to improve your skills and knowledge.
Frequently Asked Question
How long does a supervision session take?
Depending on your goals and learning needs, supervision sessions can be brief or part of a more extended supervision contract/ program. Each session typically lasts 50 minutes.
What is the frequency of our supervision sessions?
The frequency of sessions will depend on your needs and issues. ANZACATA, The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association recommends having one supervision hour for every 10 hours of client contact time. The minimum requirements is 1 hour supervision per 20 hours of client contact time. Please check with your professional bodies for supervision requirements.
We take confidentiality very seriously. Supervisors have a core responsibility to respect and honour your confidentiality. This includes safeguarding all information produced during the course of supervision.