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How to get the most from clinical supervision

LeeJenn Health Consultants offer useful advice on how to be a good supervisee and get the most from clinical supervision.

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Supervision benefits practitioners and clients in quite a number of ways. It provides support  by allowing a space to share concerns, solve problems in therapy and share clinical responsibility; provides a learning environment to learn new and strengthen existing skills, and it helps workers to grow both professionally and personally and improve their practice.
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Most of the material written about supervision relates to supervisors, and supervisors do have considerable responsibility for how supervision is conducted. On the other hand, supervisees need to take responsibility for their own supervision. It’s not something that’s ‘done’ to them, rather they’re highly active in the process.
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To get the most from clinical supervision, you as the supervisee need to:

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1) Plan

Planning for supervision means choosing a supervisor who is right for you, using superivsion to support your career path, and planning for the small things like where, when and how supervision will take place.

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2) Prepare

Prepare for supervision by reading materials and keeping a record of issues you want to cover in supervision. Some workers keep a log book or journal for this purpose. Being prepared also means being committed to being open and honest about your work with the supervisor and yourself.

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3) Be willing

Being willing to learn and participate actively in both the supervision session and the process of superivion is vital for successful supervision. It’s your time, so use it wisely.

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4) Apply

Just as we encourage clients to apply skills learnt in therapy to their lives, you’ll get the most from clinical supervision when you apply what you’ve learnt in supervision to your day to day work.

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5) Review

A commitment to actively monitoring and reflecting on your own work gives you an opportunity to acknowledge your professional growth and to identify areas that need more development. Supervision is a dynamic process and regular review is important.
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Click here for LeeJenn’s online training ‘Getting the most from clinical supervision‘. This 3 hour training session, with downloadable workbook, costs just $39.

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Contact details:

training@leejen.com.au

1300 988 184

www.leejenn.com.au

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