Supervision is an essential part of good professional practice. It aims to protect both the practitioner and the client. It is integral to the training and continued professional development of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. The British Psychological Society (BPS) requires that all clinical psychologists, at all stages of their career and in all work contexts, engage in regular supervision of a minimum of one hour a month on a one-to-one basis.
Clinical supervision was defined by Milne (2007) as “the formal provision, by approved supervisors, of a relationship-based education and training that is work-focused and which manages, supports, develops and evaluates the work of colleagues”. Supervision is therefore intended to serve three functions:
- To monitor and ensure clients well-being (normative function)
- To support the supervisee in their personal and professional well-being (restorative function)
- To educate and guide the supervisee’s professional practice (formative function)
Overall supervision aims to ensure the best outcomes for both the clients and the professional. This is achieved through open and honest discussions between the supervisor and supervisee, in an atmosphere of mutual trust.
Some of our associates are able to offer clinical supervision to other professionals on an individual basis via telephone, email, skype or through face-to-face meetings.
Associates offering supervision