What is Supervision?
Supervision is a specialised form of professional mentoring provided for practitioners responsible for undertaking challenging work with people. Supervision is provided to ensure standards, enhance quality, advance learning, stimulate creativity, and support the sustainability and resilience of the work being undertaken (BACP, 2016b).
It is usually a formal but collaborative process that involves regular ‘consultative support’; two or more people form a ‘supervisory alliance’ with shared objectives about how to work together constructively to provide a safe, ethical and competent service to clients. Usually practitioners consult trained and experienced supervisors, but there are occasions when ‘peer supervision’ is undertaken; before working in this way, practitioners need to consider whether they are competent and experienced enough to have the ‘additional skills and knowledge’ (EFfCP: Good Practice Point 52).
BACP recommends to have sufficient supervision to allow all aspects of client’s work to be discussed as necessary, and to enable supervisee to develop a constructive relationship with their supervisor.