Patch's Therapy provides both one to one Supervision sessions and group supervision.
Supervision is an essential aspect to good quality counselling. Patch's Therapy endeavours to create a relaxed, safe environment for counsellors to explore their work, reflecting on different perspectives and being encouraged and challenged to be the best they can be.
I hope to mirror the model of Inskipp and Proctor, they explain the responsibilities of Supervisor and Supervisee in the following way:
1. Supporting, enabling, ensuring.
The supervisor has the responsibility for creating a working alliance, through which the counsellor is
Supported, as a person working with clients who may be challenging; with clients in distress in situations which may be confusing
Enabled, as a progressively developing practitioner;
Assured, as a professional who works intimately with clients, in private, that someone in the profession is taking seriously the task of monitoring the ethics of her practice, and will act if necessary, within contracted boundaries and sanctions, to ensure the protection of the client.
2. Bringing, reflecting, using.
As a counsellor in supervision, with the help of your supervisor, you should become increasingly able
To bring your work and share it freely and accessibly
To be clear about your needs from supervision
To be open to feedback; and be prepared to monitor your practice in the light of it
To use the available supervision time to the best advantage for your counselling and your clients
To monitor your use of supervision; and to take responsibility for giving feedback to your supervisor about its usefulness for you and your clients
In short, to engage with your supervisor with increasing integrity, courage, clear intention and openness; in order to best serve your clients.
Making the Most of Supervision
Francesca Inskipp and Brigid Proctor
Cascade Publications ISBN 0952275813
What the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) say:
We do not specify how many hours of supervision all members should have as different members will have different needs. You should have sufficient supervision to allow all aspects of your work to be discussed as necessary, and to enable you to develop a constructive relationship with your supervisor.
The only exceptions are:
Students and members who want the hours to count towards accreditation - now or in the future - must have a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision a month.
Accredited and Senior Accredited Members who are seeing clients must have a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision a month.
Students on placements as part of a BACP-accredited course must have:
one hour of supervision for every eight hours of client work
a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision a month
supervision at least every two weeks
If you receive group supervision, the amount of time you can record for accreditation depends on the number of people contracted to the group. The rule is:
For groups of up to four – half the time allotted
(so for two hours of supervision each member can claim one hour)
For groups of more than four – divide the amount of time by the number of people
(so for two hours of supervision, a group of six can claim 20 minutes each)