For the counselling and hypnotherapy industries supervision is an incredibility important part of keeping us grounded and aware of our of limitations and issues, including burnout or compassion fatigue as well as keeping our clients safe. Safe from inappropriate actions or behaviour, transference, counter transference and insures we’re kept abreast of our Associations requires to continue working as a counsellor.
The way I think of supervision is very much like the picture on this page, my role is to be your eyes and ears to protect you and keep you safe. As well as protecting your clients and keeping them safe.
The ACA state:-
“Supervision is the process whereby a counsellor can speak to someone who is trained to identify any behavioural and/or psychological changes in the counsellor that could be due to an inability to cope with issues of one or more clients. A supervisor is also responsible for challenging practices and informing supervisee’s of alternative theories and/or new practices, as well as changes in the industry. The supervisor is responsible for observing the mental health of their supervisee in turn protecting the public from poor practices. Counsellors can face issues such as transference and burn out without any recognition of the symptoms. A professional supervisor would notice the symptoms long before the counsellor. Supervision is a learned discipline separate from counselling.”
They go on to say:-
“Supervision is require to help the supervisee investigate and self-reflect on four important areas (Pelling, Barletta & Armstrong, 2010).
- Identify any possible mental or emotional health issues. This is not inferring that the supervisor needs to counsel the supervisee. These skills are primarily observational and take an early intervention perspective.
- Challenging the supervisee’s use of theories, modalities and ethics in relation to the client and workplace.
- Helping the counsellor to further develop themselves as a professional within acceptable guidelines.
- Helping the supervisee with business building skills or career development.”
The ACA requires a minimum of 10 hours of supervision per year. This can be done via peer, group or face to face (and Skype). However, only 2 hours per year can be peer supervision, all other hours must be face to face or group.
The President of the AHA – Mailin Colman – said ” The AHA have always recognised ACA supervisors and supervision qualifications.” So any AHA members needing supervision can also utilise TLC.
Any practitioners who are both counsellors and hypnotherapists can use supervision with TLC for both modalities without any issues.
For those newly minted counsellors and hypnotherapists who don’t have a client base yet or are struggling to figure out which direction they want to go in. I offer a mentoring program which provides all relevant information to support you to find your own way.
My fee is $95 for an individual 60 minute session. These sessions can be face to face or Skype. The receipt, which you upload to the ACA website, will be for 90 minutes as you will be required to have client information / documentation ready before each session.
For a 2 hour group session, the fee is $95. These can be face to face or Skype too. Group numbers are restricted to 8 therapist. The next group supervision session is Monday 26th February at 4.30 – 6.30, at the Positive Thinking Clinic Wolli Creek, right near the station. Please contact me if you wish to attend.
If you would like to start your own group please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to hellp.
I’m available most days of the week for supervision so please feel free to contact me on the bat phone – 0414 718 338 or email me – Toni@TLCounselling.com.au.
I look forward to hearing from you & supporting you with your supervision needs.