Written by Rod McClure JP   
Monday, 07 March 2016 22:58

Claire 1982
Here you see our cautious old family dog "Nisha" supervising our little daughter's safety as she wobbled around exploring her Nonna's garden.

You see here, this Supervisor is ever vigilant, constantly present, remaining nearby and looking out, looking behind, listening, observing, watching, mindfully studying, for untoward influences and situations which may endanger our precious child, the constant and primary focus of her attention.

Experienced Supervisors focus their attention in this manner.

Practitioner Supervision
In One to One Supervision the attending Counsellor is monitored in similar non judgemental, gentle, caring, manner by an experienced professionally qualified Supervisor trained to bring awareness with experienced guidance to the possible obstructions of personal judgements, attitudinal and possible cultural  obstructions, unnecessary but well intended intervention, personal conditioning and outcome expectation, offering essential self protecting guidance whilst encouraging and expanding personal self development to meet professional, industry expectation.

Work place Supervision for Staff, Employees and Management.
Maintenance of Human Resources.
Progressive wise managment now recognises and appreciates performance benefit in having regular independent Counselling Supervisors attend the work place to confidentially identify, recognise, address, and attend to the essential release of motional tension from accumulated work place emotional distress and subsequent accumulated denial. 

Professional Counsellor Supervision is a methodically guided process.
  •    Supervision is an industry mandated component of Counselling self care to maintain registration as a practitioner.
  •    To advance the Counsellors self awareness to personal conditioned attitudes, beliefs, judgements and developing skills.
  •    After all as children we all naturally learned to walk and talk as we absorbed, adopted and developed our perceptions of survival from the environment in which we were raised.
  •    Later we get to realise that in many instances the influence of our family environment may have left us with attitudeds and expectations which were transferred to us from the model of our family.
  •    Classic evidence of this is found in the adoption of accents of voice and language adopted from the environment.
  •    Therefore we also adopt "accents of behaviour".
  •    Furthermore the responsibility for good practice, upon all Professional therapist must never be under estimated and must be constantly monitored to protect the public from egotistically empowered "know all" individuals as well as the 'unwell' and materialistically driven operators.

Industry mandated Supervision and ethical standards of practice assures the public of their safety.

The ratio of supervision hours per clien contact hours should be 1 hour of Supervision for every 20 hours of client contact time.
Counsellors in full time employment should receive supervision either internally or externally once a week where possible however most certainly not less than once a month.

Various Forms of Supervision.

One to One, Face to Face and On-Line by video (preferred) or telephone.
Self explanatory supervision, conducted with an Independent  Qualified Supervisor.

Peer Supervision:
Members may participate in peer supervision however they can only claim a maximum of two hours of peer supervision per year as part of their 10 hour requirement.

Group Supervision:
ACA defines Group Supervision as an organised and structured event that has a recognised leader who takes responsibility for the group. The leader must meet ACA Supervisor requirements. There should be a minimum of one ACA registered or recognised Supervisor for every 10 group participants. There are no minimum limits in relation to the 10 hour annual requirement.

The process involves many levels of professional responsibility about which all Counsellors must abide by to remain accredited professional practitioners.

A professional Counsellor must initially graduate from a recognised educational faculty with a qualification that entitles the Counsellor to work in the allied human industries of health and welfare.

The work in these field can often be extremely emotionally challenging and if not managed professionally will certainly lead the practitioner to a state of emotional exhaustion known as "Burn Out".

One of the most, if not the most important aspects of Supervision is to alert Counsellors to the hidden treachery of this experience, as such stress is cumulative, some what "subterranian"  in that the accumulation is unintentionally managed beneath consciousness and therefor becomes wickedly tocic when not understood and professionally managed with adequate awareness and self care.

There are other primary pitfalls with Supervision where Counsellors believe that the Supervisor can assist them with ways, means, methods and techniques to deal with unresolved issues presented by patients.
Now whilst part of this may be accurate the real issue of Supervision is for the Supervisee/Counsellor to realise that they themselves have the "blockage" in them which is responsible for the identified issue which to the Counsellor's way of thinking is "within their patient”.

Maybe the Supervisee does not realise that they may have come up against an old unresolved issue of their own, or they simply do not know, may not have experienced or understand the patients dilemma. What ever be the issue it remains the Counsellor’s responsibility to unlock their immediate perception, step back and become curious to why this situation has occurred.

In such instances when brought to the Supervisor's attention these “blockages” need to be studied, examined and are brought to a state of personal  understanding & appreciation.
When the Counsellor has this blockage brought to their attention we occasionally find that they, the Counsellor, has taken on the responsibility of finding the patients answer to what may well be an irresolvable predicament.

In such considered  to be "unresolved situations" the Counsellor may adopt the belief or concern that they "should have done better", or that they are "not good enough".
It is here where the Supervisor focuses the Counsellors attention to their own "legacy" of self expectation.

To demonstrate this type of dilemma we provide the following example.

1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 = 9  or 49

Whilst many of you may be drawn to find the solution the real answer is that this is a numeric example of a patient who has come before you for assistance and all that you need to see before you is : 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9 = 9  or 49 ("elements of story").
Do not believe you must resolve the case or this silly problematic equation.

You see, as Councellors we do not need to resolve the equation (Counselling case) however our prior conditioning immediately sends our mind off counting numbers to see if the given examply does actually equal 49.

Here we use this as an example to show how we may tend to be drawn to make a judgement about a paricular case based on what we believe to be a similar experienced.

However peoples interpretations are not as pure as mathematics, every person is a unique individual with a potentially differing response to given circumstances. 
So psychologically, sometimes 5 may mean 7 to one persons or 3 to another.

Confused?  Don't be as numbers do not associate with feelings.

In many instances it may assist the patient simply to be able to tell their story and be heard. Simply being heard may of itself release awareness to their own obstruction.
Be aware that this most possibly could be a new experience for the client and could actually induce an awakened sense of self realisation as you remain curious and mindful to that which is being spoken there and then.

Here follows a reference from a Group Supervisee with relation to the above numbers example:

“I didn't understand the writing on the paper that was handed around the members, but when you explained what it meant and that the Supervision was for me and not the client I understood.

As you continued I felt the automatic relief of pressure, as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. (as you witnessed).
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be more objective about my role in counselling."

Chapter Supervisee


Unfortunately there lies another major industry concern in the ever restrictive economic climate of our Mental Health and welfare world where supply of Counsellors is never sufficient to meet welfare and community needs.

Therefore organisations and charities regularly expect Counsellors to carry excessive burdens without the provision of adequate regular Supervision.

Mean time the uninitiated, cognitive, ignorant  and materially focused often continue on with their derelict, abusive, insensitive behaviour expecting high standard performance.Dalai Lama love

Please do not let this happen to you or expect your staff to work or be so neglected where under your duty of care they "Burn out".

Professional  Counselling Supervision is an invalueable general Management tool to ensure ongoing health and service from valued, and valuable employees.

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