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Supervision

What is supervision?

Supervision is time set aside on a regular basis (ideally every 6 months if not more depending on your work) to talk about how things are going in your professional practice.   It is a chance to assess progress, set goals, air any problems and give/receive feed-back.  Do not expect to be told what to do during supervision, this session is for you to explore in a safe, confidential and trusting platform the work you are carrying out and any actions you may need to take or not take within your work. Supervision is a way of talking through what has been happening within your practice.

 

Supervision is normally one-to-one with the agreed supervisee and there should be a formal agreement in place outlining boundaries and expectations of the supervision session.

Practitioners are encouraged to bring their own agenda and issues to supervision and to see it as a time when they can express their thoughts freely and in confidence.  

 

The type of supervision I offer is based on the 2 functions below;

Learning

  • Helping practitioners to learn, develop knowledge and skills

  • Helping individuals evaluate their progress

  • Supporting career development

  • Assessing learning and development needs

  • Giving feedback on work and performance

  • Understanding practitioners value base

  • Reflecting on the work carried out and developing future practice.

  • Reflecting on relationships formed

 

Supportive

  • Enabling people to cope with stress they are experiencing

  • Developing sensitivity to crises in individuals and teams

  • Stepping in when people are under stress ~ supporting with actions to take

  • Exploring and dealing with issues of discrimination

  • Actively listening and offering guidance through Solution focused practice.

  • Supporting individuals within their personal circumstances.

  • Signposting if needed

 

 Who are these supervision sessions for?

The supervision sessions I offer for are for anyone who works holistically with families through pregnancy, birth and parenting.  Practitioners such as doula's, antenatal and postnatal teachers, yoga instructors, baby massage instructors, holistic therapists and anyone else who feels they would like to talk through their practice.

We can follow a designated outline of supervision, however we can also discuss specific issues should you need to such as Safeguarding children and adults, suspecting domestic abuse, emotional well-being or any other issue.  Please email me if you have something specific you would like to discuss.

Please note: This is not a counselling support.  My approach is based on Solution Focused Techniques to enable to to find solutions.

How do the supervision sessions run?

All supervision sessions will be via Skype, telephone or face to face if the practitioner decides to travel to the supervisee.

 

Supervision cannot work unless certain practical safeguards are in operation:

  • dates should be arranged well in advance, for example, two to three months

  • all involved need to know how long the session will last

  • If a practitioner refuses to take action when a child or adult is at significant risk of harm the supervisee will take appropriate action.

  • sessions should be free of interruptions - they have to be protected

  • re-scheduling sessions should be the exception, not the rule.Supervision should not be the first thing to be given up if booked.

  • this time needs to be in private and not overlooked or overheard in any way

  • people need to be comfortable, otherwise they will find it difficult to concentrate for long

  • The practitioner must provide the supervisor at least 3 days prior to supervision a reflective summary of work carried out and their agenda. (form available from supervisee).

The word ‘safeguards’ is deliberately chosen.  People do not feel safe enough to discuss their concerns frankly unless certain conditions are in place.  These safeguards, while not guaranteeing quality discussion, will at least minimise impediments.

 

We will always clarify the purpose of supervision and the agreement we intend to work with.   This process is just as important for the supervision and support of a practitioner whether carrying out paid work or volunteering their time within their work.

 

It can help to think about supervision in terms of assertive rights and responsibilities:

 

  • supervisors have a responsibility to provide support, respect and be non-judgemental

  • practitioners have a responsibility to contribute to their own development

  • all have a right to be heard and treated in fair and non-discriminatory ways

 

Supervision Principles.

 

Supervision works best when those involved are agreed on the principles of what?  why?  when?  how?  who?   These include:

 

  • Overall purpose ~ a balance of learning, support and emotional well-being

  • Boundaries ~ for example, what we will and won’t do or discuss.

  • Confidentiality ~ – where information is kept, understanding sharing information

  • Frequency ~ how often and how long will the session be?

  • Cancellation ~ in what circumstances is cancellation acceptable?

  • Location ~ face to face, Skype or telephone.

  • Preparation by all parties

  • Content ~–to include looking back; looking forward; concerns; information-sharing; planning/setting objectives; any other business

  • Recording ~ I will usually take notes and email over a formal outline of the discussion. In line with policy and insurance notes will be kept for 7 years.

 

 

The length and cost of the session has to relate to how often we meet, an example is

 

Every 3 months ~ 45 mins ~ £25

Every 6 months ~ 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes ~ £35

One of session or usual supervision session ~ up to 2 hours ~ £45

All includes a write up of discussion and agreed action points sent via email directly to you.

 

To discuss your needs and explore how supervision could work for you please contact me.

 

PLEASE NOTE: EBM supervision session is not a mentoring programme, it is an additional service I am offering alongside my Safeguarding for Birth Workers workshop.