I offer supervision that can be specific to, or a blend of these models *:
* More details on these approaches can be found in the tab: Models
My experience as a Supervisor:
- In my Private Practice I have supervised Registered and non-registered Social Workers, Counsellors, Addictions Practitioners, Clinicians, Case-managers, RNs and social service agency Managers. I have also joined ANZASW Competency Assessment panels for social workers seeking registration.
- I have provided line-supervision in the Probation Service (as Supervising Probation Officer and National Training Manager), in NFP/NGO agencies for Social Workers, Counsellors, Clinicians and Community Service Workers, and practicum supervision for post-graduate students.
- As a Clinical Leader (Addictions) I had line-responsibility for a multi-disciplinary team working with self-referred addictions residents, whilst also providing practicum supervision in residential addictions settings for psychology, nursing and social work graduate students undertaking Doctoral studies and Master’s placements.
- As Clinical Coordinator/Clinician (Primary Mental Health) I have provided line-supervision for mental health professionals (Registered Nurses and Social Workers) and Continuing Professional Development training and guidance for GP’s and other Allied-Health professionals.
My experiences as a Supervisee:
- My own values and perspective have been shaped by a number of very rewarding experiences as a supervisee under the guidance and encouragement of competent supervisors.
- I have had just one disappointing experience as a supervisee – and I remain informed by it.
My preferred definition of one-on-one supervision:
- In line with the view of Hawkins and Shohet (2006) I view supervision as: “…….. an interpersonal interaction with the general goal that one person, the supervisor, meets with another, the supervisee, with a focus on constructively critiquing the latter’s effectiveness in helping people”.
Some personal limitations:
- Though I have attended a number of Noho marae, and te Reo classes, and I engage in partnership education, I have limited experience working with Maori models of waiora (e.g. Te Wheke and Te Whare Tapa Wha), and Pacifica models, and of supervision specifically focussed on competence in these.
- I do not consider myself qualified to supervise counsellors who seek supervision focusing specifically on critiquing the theory and practice of Narrative Therapy.
- I am presently supervised by a psychotherapist, and also by a registered DAPAANZ/NZAC supervisor.
I believe there is a place for humour in supervision, just as there is in practice.