As counselling professionals, there is a requirement to ensure that we attend to our own self care, monitor our therapeutic interventions, professionalism, perspective and also ensure that we attend to issues that may arise for us when we work within our profession.
Working under supervision means that a counsellor or psychotherapist uses the services of another counsellor or psychotherapist to review their work with clients, their professional development, and often their personal development as well.
Ultimately, effective clinical supervision ensures that clients are competently supported. Supervision also ensures that counsellors continue to increase their skills, which in turn increases treatment effectiveness, client retention, and resolving any feelings of stuckness.
Clinical supervision may not always be about client work, it can be a useful space to reflect on working relationships, organizational issues, exploring how your values both personal and professionally fit within your organization.
A minimum of 1.5 hours supervision is expected per calendar month. 1.5 hours or adequate supervision for your needs is recommended if you are seeing contracted clients. If you have a full case load, you may need to increase these hours as you see necessary. If you are working towards accreditation, 1.5 hours is required.
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