Clinical supervision is an important aspect of counselling for psychotherapists and counsellors to ensure that their counselling services and ethics are of the highest standard.
In Australia, the supervisory process of counselling is a requirement for members of professional bodies, such as the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP).
The aim of supervision is to provide support to counsellors and therapists with their professional and personal development, to review their work with clients and offer new ideas and strategies on difficult and stressful cases.
WHY IS SUPERVISION NECESSARY?
Any counsellor, regardless of experience, need supervision. Supervision is considered essential for two reasons:
1. To monitor client care and ensure clients are receiving appropriate therapeutic counselling
2. To improve the skills of counsellors and provide support to prevent excess stress and burnout.
Under supervision, the supervisee can reflect on their work, receive feedback, direction, gain better understanding about their cases, clients and themselves with the aim to improve the value of their services to clients.
CHOOSING A SUPERVISOR
When choosing a supervisor, consider the following things:
• Is the environment for supervision safe and appropriate?
• What is the supervisor’s theoretical background and expertise?
• How long has the supervisor been practising?
• Is the supervisor open, empathic, personal and supportive?
As with all counselling process, the key to success is having a good and trusting relationship with your supervisor.
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