Definition of Supervision
BACP – “The primary
purpose of supervision is to ensure that the counsellor is addressing the needs of the client”
Inskipp and Proctor - describe
supervision as a working alliance between a supervisor and a counsellor in which the counsellor can offer an account or recording
of her/his work, reflect on it, receive feedback, and where appropriate, guidance. The object of this alliance is to enable
the counsellor to gain in ethical competence, confidence, and creativity so as to give her best possible service to her/his
Supervision is a process of
facilitating via a collegial interaction that has been negotiated in order to protect the interests
of and serve the needs of the client. It further enhances and enables practitioner development in direct relation to their
Ethical requirement (BACP, organisations, agencies etc)
Ensures accountability among Counsellors,
Nurses, Doctors, Teachers, Social Workers and others in the caring professions.
Many professionals work in isolation and solitude and the work can
be exhausting creating vulnerability.
Without supervision a therapist:
Can burn out
May get out-of-date
May lose insight of values
Own issue may get in the way
Can become hardened to work
Can sometimes be left confused
May exploit clients unintentionally
May use inappropriate interventions
May fail to
recognise need for referrals
Maintain consistent and
The practitioner is supported and challenged by the supervisor to offer their best service
to the client.
What do Supervisors do?
Monitor and Evaluate
Evaluate theory and practice
Facilitate personal development
Highlight strengths and weaknesses
evaluate content and process.
Monitor fitness to practice and observe ethics
Monitor conditions in which practice
Monitor and evaluate strategies and interventions
of new ideas & techniques
Support and challenge professionals in
direct relation to current practice
and developmental needs of the counsellor/professional
Supervision is offered at the practice premises in Ellesmere
Park, Eccles, Manchester. Contact
Sharon on 0161 789 0547 for further details.