Supervision is a composite of many roles that serve several functions all at once. Tensions can occur between the supervisor and supervisee as the various supervisory roles are often juxtaposed. We present a strength-based approach to reflective supervision that supports a willingness to do deep work and that highlights resilience in the relationship. Practical strategies on the building and maintenance of resilience that involve self-reflection, growth, and development in the supervisory relationship are provided.
In this session, attendees will understand how clinical supervision supports the continued professional growth and development of counseling practitioners across the career span. In particular, attendees will learn strategies to enhance self-reflection and increase self-awareness in managing the supervisory relationship.
In this session, attendees will learn practical approaches to dealing with the inevitable tensions that occur in the supervisory relationship. We will discuss how a strength-based approach can contribute to the self-care of supervisors and supervisees. Self-care is an ethical imperative as clinical supervisors and supervisees inevitably face additional stressors specific to engaging in supervision.
Attendees will discover how clinical supervision protects clients by involving an impartial third party in the work of a counselor and client, helping to reduce the risk of serious oversight and helping the counselor concerned to reflect on their own feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and general approach with the client. Supervision can help the counselor to improve the value they are providing to their clients.
Professor, Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education,
University of Lethbridge