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.
The minimum recommendation is that:
- 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 1 hour of supervision for every eight hours of client work and a minimum of 1.5 hours of supervision a month.
In group supervision the amount of time 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)
If you’d like to read more about the BACP guidelines on Supervision then take a look at this page.
I offer individual and group clinical supervision. The fee for individual supervision £50/hour (£75/1.5hs).